Two arrested following Monday evening vehicle pursuit
Two people from Bend were arrested and jailed following a high-speed police chase that began in Prineville Monday evening.
According Prineville police reports, around 6 p.m., a Crook County Sheriff's Office sergeant was trying to conduct a traffic stop after a report of a possible drug deal involving an identified vehicle in the area of Northwest Vista View.
The driver, later identified as 39-year-old Matthew Carpenter, a Bend area transient, refused to stop, and quickly fled. During a subsequent chase toward Prineville, Carpenter drove the 1988 Ford Ranger more than 100 miles per hour. The county sergeant terminated the pursuit soon after it began.
Within a few minutes, the vehicle was located again on Northwest Gardner Road, and police attempted to slow the vehicle with spike strips. Prineville police began pursuing the vehicle, assisted by Crook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police. Carpenter continued to attempt to elude police, driving at speeds from 60 to 70 miles per hour on O'Neil Highway.
In the area of the 3,000 block of O'Neil Highway, Carpenter pulled into a private driveway, proceeded down the driveway, and drove off-road until he high-centered the truck on a large rock.
Carpenter and front passenger, 20-year-old Cheyenne Porter of Bend, both exited the vehicle and fled while police pursued on foot. Two other passengers stayed in the vehicle and complied with police orders.
Authorities caught Porter a short time later trying to cross a fence. In an attempt to locate Carpenter, a request for a K-9 was made and granted by Redmond Police Department. Following a search, Carpenter was located, hiding in the area.
Various items were seized and photographed following the chase, including a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia. A photo of the impounded vehicle shows a large amount of copper wire and wire insulation, and a bicycle in the bed of the truck.
Both Carpenter and Porter were lodged at the Crook County Jail. Carpenter is facing charges of elude in a vehicle, elude on foot, warrant out of Jackson County, interfering with police, reckless endangering and reckless driving. Porter was charged with elude on foot, interfering with police, probation violation out of Deschutes County, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substance – heroin.
The two passengers who stayed in the vehicle and followed commands given by police were questioned and released.