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Jose Gonzalez of Madras facing multiple criminal charges after chase that started in Jefferson County

A Madras man attempting to flee police was captured in Crook County following a pursuit that began in Jefferson County.

According to Crook County Sheriff's Office reports, around 4:30 p.m. Friday, local authorities were dispatched to an elude from Jefferson County. They learned from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police personnel that they had been involved in the pursuit of 22-year-old Jose Gonzalez. He was driving a red Ford F150 pickup in Jefferson County, on U.S. Highway 26 near milepost 13, traveling towards Crook County.

The pursuit had been terminated and Crook County authorities responded to Northwest Gerke Road near Northwest Ryegrass Road, where Gonzalez had abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

A short time later, personnel from Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Prineville Police Department, and the Crook County Sheriff's Office began searching for Gonzalez. He was located south of the vehicle on the side of a hill. With assistance from a volunteer aircraft from Jefferson County, Gonzalez, who had attempted to hide in tree cover, was located by the search team and arrested.

Gonzalez was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and charged with attempt to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering and violation of the basic rule.

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