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Prineville man tried to flee law enforcement, but stolen vehicle got stuck on Grizzly Road

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The driver of a stolen car lost control and got stuck on the shoulder of Grizzly Road Sept. 15.

A Prineville man was arrested on multiple charges after deputies located a stolen vehicle in Madras.

A media release from Jefferson County Sheriff Marc Heckathorn says at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, a deputy located a stolen vehicle operating south of Madras that came back with a caution for an armed and dangerous suspect. The deputy coordinated with other units and attempted to conduct a high-risk traffic stop. When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the driver of the vehicle, Charles Christianson, 47, fled from the deputy at a high rate of speed.

The car sped through Madras and eventually went east on Grizzly Road. As Grizzly Road continues, the road turns from asphalt to gravel. About a quarter of a mile down the gravel portion, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crossed the lane of travel and got stuck on the north shoulder of Grizzly Road.

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Charles ChristiansonAs the deputy pulled up, Christianson exited the driver's seat, dropping some property, and he ran south across Grizzly Road in the dark and fell down the incline off the south side shoulder of Grizzly Road. The deputy was able to hold the suspect at gun point until other deputies and an officer arrived and they were able to place him into custody.

Christianson was evaluated by EMS and was subsequently transported to St. Charles Madras for evaluation. After being medically cleared, he was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and was lodged in the jail on the following charges: attempt to elude by vehicle and foot; reckless driving; driving while criminally suspended; unauthorized use of a vehicle; unlawful possession of a firearm; felon in possession of a restricted weapon; unlawful possession of meth; unlawful delivery of meth; first-degree theft; and statewide felony warrant parole violation.

Christianson was on post-prison supervision. As he fled on foot from the deputy, he dropped a handgun, and his car contained over 1.5 ounces of meth, a scanner, knives and a fake handgun.

JCSO was aided by a Madras Police Department officer.


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