Third suspect and two others arrested later

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Nicholas Eldred and Allison EldredOregon State Police have arrested a total of five people following an attempt to elude in Jefferson County on Feb. 25, including the driver and a passenger taken into custody at the scene.

With the assistance of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, OSP arrested three more people later that same day, including another passenger, who had avoided capture earlier.

The incident began at about 10:32 a.m., when an OSP sergeant attempted to stop a green 1999 Dodge Intrepid displaying Washington license plates for traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 101, south of Madras.

The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude OSP, turning off Highway 97 onto Southwest Bear Drive, where the sergeant lost sight of the vehicle.

OSP notified other law enforcement agencies as additional OSP personnel responded to the area. About an hour later, vehicle tracks were found west of Southeast Jasper Road near Southeast Imbler Lane and the confirmed stolen vehicle was located unoccupied about 12:07 p.m.

With the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement and the Warm Springs Police Department K-9, OSP troopers continued searching the area.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., three suspects were located. One of the suspects, an adult male, fled on foot while officers took the two people into custody. At approximately 2:30 p.m., OSP and assisting officers concluded the area search without finding the third suspect.

The female driver was identified as Allison Maye Eldred, 31, of Vancouver, Wash. She was arrested as a fugitive from justice based upon a Washington state warrant held by Department of Corrections for escape from community custody. She was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

The male arrested was identified as Nicholas S. Eldred, 34, of southeast Portland. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for conspiracy to possess and manufacture a controlled substance — methamphetamine. OSP seized approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine associated with the incident.

During the evening, OSP troopers, with the assistance of CODE team members, identified the other male who fled during the initial area search. Dustin James Nash, 42, of La Pine, was arrested by OSP and CODE during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne.

The ongoing investigation revealed that Nash had called and arranged to be picked up by two friends as he tried to avoid capture. Nash was lodged in the JCCF for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and unlawful possession, distribution, and manufacture of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

The two people in the vehicle with Nash were arrested for hindering prosecution. They were identified as Benjamin Dean Morganti, 45, and Julia Lynn Pinckney, 42, both of La Pine.

The investigation is continuing and police are not releasing any other information. Additional charges may be pending.

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