Driver arrested after attempting to elude police
Right in the midst of the start of the Memorial Day weekend, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy's attempt to stop a speeding motorist turned into an incident involving four agencies.
The incident started at 4:10 p.m. on May 25, on Highway 361, near Deschutes Drive, south of Metolius, when the deputy clocked the driver of a red Ford F-150 going 72 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.
The deputy pursued the pickup through Metolius and turned onto Dover Lane, following the vehicle, but terminated the pursuit before reaching U.S. Highway 97.
"The suspect was last seen running the stop sign for Highway 97 and traveling towards Madras," said Sheriff Jim Adkins.
"A little later, a citizen called in, reporting the suspect vehicle had turned onto the Prineville highway, heading eastbound," said Adkins, who called out a search plane to follow the driver.
After a law enforcement officer reported that the pickup had turned off the highway onto a side road, Adkins said, "The airplane arrived on scene above the suspect vehicle; the suspect driver was last seen entering into some trees and brush. The airplane was able to keep surveillance on the area where the suspect was last seen, making sure the suspect didn't leave the area, basically keeping him pinned down."
The Crook County Sheriff's Office was called in at 4:27 p.m., when it was first reported that the pickup was on U.S. Highway 26, headed toward Prineville.
"Deputies from the Crook County Sheriff's (Office) responded to the area and located the abandoned vehicle on Northwest Gerke Road near Northwest Ryegrass Road, which is a remote farming area of Crook County about eight miles northwest of Prineville," said Sgt. Bill Elliott, of the Crook County Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement officers from Oregon State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Police Department joined the Crook County Sheriff's Office to search for the suspect, who had fled on foot from the pickup, which did not belong to the suspect.
With assistance from the spotting plane, the driver was located south of the vehicle on the side of the hill. Jose Juan Gonzalez-Parra, 22, of Madras, was arrested on charges of attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering and speeding. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, with security set at $35,000.
"The capture of Jose was successful because of the outstanding teamwork from all agencies involved," said Elliott.