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Driver of vehicle with Washington license plates flees police and drives up Juniper Canyon Road

PRINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - A photo of the vehicle that eluded local police.

Prineville police are still seeking a suspect who fled authorities following an attempted traffic stop Saturday evening.

According a police report, at around 9:30 p.m., police tried to stop a silver, 2004 Cadillac SRX, displaying Washington plate #523YHZ in the area of Southeast Seventh and Holly streets for a traffic violation. The driver did not stop and continued to travel through the southeast section of town at slow speeds with its hazard lights on.

Shortly after the pursuit began, the vehicle slowed to a stop, and an unidentified male got out of the front passenger side of the vehicle near the intersection of Southeast Sixth and Juniper streets. After he exited the vehicle, police said he appeared to reach down and pick up a knife. The driver of the vehicle drove off, eventually turning back toward Main Street. The officer chose to stay with the driver of the eluding vehicle.

Officers attempted to spike strip the vehicle on Main Street, but the driver turned east on First Street, just prior to running over the strips. The driver continued to drive at slow speeds, and drove back into the southeast area of town.

The driver eventually turned onto Southeast Lynn Boulevard and headed toward Southeast Combs Flat Road. The driver turned south on Combs Flat Road and increased speed prior to turning onto Southeast Juniper Canyon Road.

As the driver headed out into the county, the pursuing Prineville officer terminated the pursuit.

Police said the case is still under investigation, and anyone with information about the driver, passenger or vehicle is encouraged to call or email the case agent.

Police remind the public that the vehicle is a silver, 2004 Cadillac SRX, displaying Washington plate # 523YHZ. The vehicle is also described as having an off colored or maroon front passenger side fender.

People can reach the case agent, Officer Clayton Hagen, at 541-447-4168 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a private Facebook message to the police department Facebook page.

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