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A high-speed chase, failure to report as a sex offender, domestic violence were on docket.

High-speed chase leads to felony charges

Anthony Manuel Hernandez Sr., 38, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and one of reckless driving in Jefferson County Circuit Court Jan. 30.

The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 9 when Madras police saw Hernandez driving at about 12:20 p.m. on South Adams Drive

The officer who filed a probable cause affidavit with the court said he knew Hernandez didn't have a valid driver's license. He followed Hernandez and called dispatch to check his driving status. The officer said Hernandez signaled 20 to 30 feet before turning on Merritt Lane instead of the required 100 feet.

By then, dispatch had told the officer that Hernandez had a warrant out for his arrest on a felony charge.

The officer turned his emergency lights on, and he said Hernandez continued to drive slowly but didn't stop.

"I then activated my emergency siren two or three times, and he again failed to stop," the affidavit said. "Mr. Hernandez began pulling to the right as if he was going to stop, but then continued. Mr. Hernandez crept on the right-hand side of the roadway while looking in his mirror at me."

The officer said Hernandez turned into a parking lot, then accelerated on Merritt Lane, which is a dirt road. "Dust began to fly," the affidavit said, "and Mr. Hernandez was speeding on the roadway with several deep potholes. I activated my emergency siren again and Mr. Hernandez only sped faster."

The two went back onto South Adams Drive. "Mr. Hernandez immediately drove his vehicle in the wrong lane of travel on a blind hill near Cody Lane as he sped away from me," the affidavit said. "It appeared that Mr. Hernandez was doing this to make law enforcement terminate the pursuit."

Hernandez turned on West Dover Lane and across Highway 26,, not stopping at the intersection, the affidavit said. He headed toward Highway 97, gaining distance from the officer. "Mr. Hernandez was traveling at least 80 miles per hour, if not more, as I was having a difficult time catching up to him," the officer wrote.

Two more Madras Police officers joined the chase, as did several Jefferson County Sheriff's Office vehicles. The sheriff's department "called for a plane to assist with the pursuit."

Hernandez headed south on Highway 97 going about 100 miles per hour, the affidavit said. Then he turned onto Bear Drive, heading west toward Metolius. He got back on Highway 97 going south again.

"When approaching Highway 97 and Highland Lane, Mr. Hernandez began making extremely unsafe passes on the righthand side off the roadway and then into oncoming traffic, making cars veer off the roadway," the affidavit said. The Madras Police officer thought about stopping the chase because of Hernandez's driving, and was advised to do so.

JCSO kept trying to find Hernandez's vehicle, the affidavit said. Law enforcement found the vehicle on the north side of Haystack Reservoir with the keys in it.

As of Jan. 31, he was being lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

Madras man pleads not guilty to failing to report as a sex offender

William Kiyuate McCovey, 64, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to failure to report as a sex offender on Jan. 30 in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He was cited on Jan. 8 for not reporting a change of residence within 10 days.

As of Jan. 31, he was being lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

Madras man pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

Bryce Norman Deller, 34, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, one of which was a firearm, two felony counts of coercion constituting domestic violence, and one count each of menacing constituting domestic violence, harassment and second-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.

We are not including more detail in order to protect the victims.

As of Jan. 31, he was being lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.


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