Man flees police in stolen vehicle
A man who was first sought for driving a stolen vehicle in Redmond was arrested in Madras a short time later, after he crashed into another vehicle.
John Wesley Logston, 37, of Ketchikan, Alaska, was arrested at 12:04 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, on U.S. Highway 97, near Fairgrounds Road, after colliding with a vehicle occupied by two adults and a child. Logston fled on foot, but was captured moments later by Madras and Jefferson County law enforcement officers.
Local law enforcement agencies had been on the lookout for the vehicle, a 1999 Honda Accord, since they were notified around 11:48 a.m. that a stolen vehicle, which had been involved in a police pursuit in Redmond, had last been seen near the area of the Redmond Taco Bell, traveling at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle had been reported stolen the previous day, March 2. The owner had reported at 5:35 p.m. that it had been stolen from the parking lot of Olive Garden on South Highway 97, in Bend. The keys were inside.
After the pursuit in Redmond, the vehicle was next spotted nearing Madras from the south around noon on March 3.
"Local law enforcement later observed the stolen vehicle entering the Madras area, but because of the speed of the vehicle and the time of day, the decision was made not to initiate a pursuit," said Sgt. Mel Brown, of the Madras Police Department.
The Honda crashed into the rear-end of a 2010 Toyota RAV 4, which had pulled out of the Madras Towne Pump, and into the center lane, headed north on Highway 97.
"The suspect vehicle had switched lanes, to get around traffic, and when the victims pulled out to the middle, he rear-ended them," said Brown, who estimated that before entering Madras, the vehicle had been traveling about 70 miles per hour. "Traffic was moderate to heavy, and slower than usual going into and coming out of Madras."
The two adults in the Toyota were transported by Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services to St. Charles Madras for treatment of minor injuries, and their 23-month-old grandchild, who was in a rear-facing carseat in the back seat, was uninjured.
After the foot pursuit, Logston was located off Murray Street. He was cited for unauthorized use of a vheicle, failure to perform the duties of a driver, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving. Logston was also transported by ambulance to St. Charles Madras, where he was treated and released, and then lodged at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a no-bail probation hold out of Deschutes County.
"Other charges related to the injuries sustained by the occupants of the other vehicle are pending additional medical information and will be forwarded to the Jefferson County District Attorney for review and disposition," Brown noted.