Car chase ends in accident


Four people injured

by: SHERIFF JIM ADKINS - Four people were injured March 15, when a vehicle attempting to elude sheriff's deputies crashed into a pickup at the intersection of Bear Drive and Highway 361.Four people were injured in the late afternoon on March 15, after a suspect fleeing from officers ran a stop sign and crashed into a pickup at the intersection of Highway 361 and Bear Drive.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gonzalo ArthurAccording to information from Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, a deputy was driving near Bear Drive, when he recognized driver Gonzalo Spencer Arthur, 25, of Warm Springs, and knew there were felony warrants for his arrest.

“The deputy tried to do a stop with lights, but Arthur fled north, then he turned on the sirens,” Adkins said. The fugitive’s vehicle was estimated to be traveling up to 100 mph during the chase.

“He went to the end of the road and turned around. We laid spike strips a couple of times, and he went around one and hit the other,” Adkins said.

When Arthur turned around, he tried to ram the patrol car head-on, then continued south on Bear Drive.

“He failed to stop for all of the stop signs,” Adkins said, noting the chase finally ended when Arthur T-boned a white pickup at the intersection of Culver Highway and Bear Drive. The victims were reported to be a local couple, but the sheriff’s office was not releasing the names at press time.

Following the crash, Arthur was taken to St. Charles Redmond, and his 17-year-old female passenger was first taken to St. Charles Madras, then airlifted to St. Charles Bend for treatment.

The couple in the pickup were seen at the Madras hospital and later released.

“We did it as safely as we could and were very fortunate that no one got seriously injured during his reckless behavior. Our investigation continues,” Adkins said.

Arthur was arrested by deputies on March 17, at St. Charles Redmond, on a no-bail federal warrant on original charges of fleeing/eluding police, failure to appear in court, and resisting arrest. Deputies and Warm Springs police are providing security at the hospital until he is released from treatment.

His passenger was treated and released in Bend, then was arrested by a Madras police officer on unrelated charges, and lodged in the NORCOR Juvenile Detention center in The Dalles.