Bend man fleeing police after crime spree arrested in Crook County
A Bend man on a crime spree who was fleeing police through multiple towns was finally stopped and arrested in Crook County Saturday afternoon.
According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, 42-year-old Bend man Jacob Austin Schunke first stole a bicycle and then a Ford pickup in Bend in the early morning hours. Around 11 a.m., he failed to perform duties of a driver with property damage in Redmond before heading into Crook County. Once on Highway 126 in Crook County, he was called in as a reckless driver running people off the road.
Schunke then stopped at the Powell Butte Store where he stole an undisclosed amount of cash from their tip jar. He left the store eastbound toward Prineville. Local law enforcement searched for him in the area.
A victim of criminal mischief called Schunke in on Southwest McDonald Lane in Powell Butte, where he had driven through a fence to get around a closed lock gate. Schunke then made his way off road and through other properties until he arrived at a ranch in Powell Butte. There, he committed a burglary, stealing property from the ranch and causing thousands of dollars damage to an art studio. Schunke had used the stolen truck to ram the building to gain access inside to steal items.
Schunke was then located by a Prineville police officer on Highway 126 at the roundabout at Tom McCall Road. He led Prineville police on a high-speed pursuit on the highway back into the Powell Butte area.
An Oregon State Police trooper tried to spike strip Schunke, but he drove at the trooper and the spike strips were not successful. He continued toward Powell Butte, and a Crook County deputy attempted to spike strip Schunke, but he again drove at the deputy and the spike strips were not successful.
Schunke was charged with attempting to assault a police officer for driving his vehicle at them. The pursuit was terminated due to the risk of the public and for his reckless driving.
Schunke was picked up by a Crook County deputy on Southwest Williams Road where he again led the deputy in a high-speed pursuit on rural county roads. He eventually entered a residential area on Southwest Wampler Lane in Powell Butte. The deputy stopped the pursuit, due to all the residences and risk to the public.
Wampler is a dead-end road and the deputy located Schunke at the end of Wampler Lane where he had crashed the stolen Ford pickup. He had crashed into a metal corral causing a couple thousand dollars of estimated damage.
Schunke was taken into custody without incident, medically cleared at St Charles Prineville and later lodged in the Crook County Jail on charges of first- and second-degree theft, second-degree burglary, two counts of felony elude, two counts of attempting to assault a police officer, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief, four counts of second-degree criminal trespass and multiple counts of reckless driving.
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