Local arrested after high-speed chase
A Prineville man was arrested Saturday after fleeing police on his motorcycle and leading cops on a high-speed chase out of town.
Just before 10 a.m., Prineville police attempted to stop the driver of a yellow and white Honda motorcycle, later identified as 36-year-old Kristin Loranger, after he failed to stop at multiple controlled intersections.
Loranger eluded police through several streets in the area of Southwest Deer Street with a 44-year-old female Prineville passenger identified as "Crystal." The chase made its way to South Main Street, where Loranger turned and drove south out of the Prineville city limits.
During the chase, Loranger broke multiple laws, authorities said, and reached speeds from 45-65 miles per hour for most of the pursuit, and a top speed of about 75 miles per hour once out of city limits.
At about milepost 5, on Highway 27 South, Prineville Police Department terminated the pursuit, and officers returned to normal patrol driving. Prineville police officers and deputies from Crook County Sheriff's Office then continued driving north and south on the highway to make sure the driver did not pull over, hide, or attempt to run on foot.
After talking to several citizens up and down the highway, authorities determined that Loranger had pulled off the roadway somewhere along a five-mile stretch of the highway. Officers were able to locate some tire tracks that exited the road and entered private property owned by Quail Valley Ranch.
About 10 to 20 minutes after the pursuit had been terminated, officers located the motorcycle hidden under some brush behind a large boulder. Officers located Loranger and the passenger hiding just a short distance from the bike. Both subjects were detained.
After questioning Loranger, he was arrested on multiple charges, including attempt to elude police officer vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering and second-degree criminal trespass. Authorities determined that he more likely than not attempted to elude police due to his license being suspended and the fact he was also on felony probation out of Crook County.
Loranger was lodged in Crook County Jail with his bail set at $37,500. A no-bail detainer was placed on him by Crook County Parole and Probation.
The passenger, "Crystal," was questioned and not arrested at the time due to being the victim of reckless endangering, however authorities stressed that she was not cooperative with the investigation.
The motorcycle was impounded, and Loranger was lodged at the Crook County Jail.
Local law enforcement expressed gratitude to the citizens along the river for being observant and willing to assist police.
"Once again, with the help of citizens, we were able to quickly investigate a crime and make an arrest," said Prineville Police Cpt. Larry Seymour.