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Motor Vehicle Crash on Butler Market Road (Photo) - 08/11/18

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018- 246968                         

Date and Time of Incident: August 11, 2018 at 02:25 am   

Type of Incident:  Motor Vehicle Crash

Location of Incident:  Butler Market Road and Wells Acres Road

Driver vehicle 1:

Christopher Joe Stenkamp                  38 year old                        Bend resident

Narrative:

On August 11, at 2:25 am officers with the Bend Police Department were dispatched to the area of Butler Market Road and Wells Acres Road for a heard only motor vehicle crash.  Officers searched the area and eventually located a roll-over crash with one occupant still inside. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the area to search for additional occupants or victims.

During the investigation, officers learned Christopher Stenkamp was driving a Ford pickup and was travelling east on Butler Market Road. Stenkamp’s vehicle left the roadway near Wells Acres Road and struck numerous trees and rocks before coming to a stop upside down.  It was initially believed there were additional occupants of the vehicle but further search of the area found nobody else was involved.  Stenkamp was transported to St. Charles Medical Center where he was admitted for injuries.

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Attached Media Files: Stenkamp's Vehicle
Baker's Vehicle
Baker's Vehicle
Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Southbound Parkway (Photo) - 08/11/18

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018- 246954                         

Date and Time of Incident: August 11, 2018 at 01:30 am   

Type of Incident:  Motor Vehicle Crash

Location of Incident:  Southbound Parkway at Revere Street

Charges: DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering,

Driver vehicle 1:

Hannah Rebecca Baker                  28 year old                        Bend resident

Driver vehicle #2:

Jaspreet Singh                             37 year old                        Sacramento, CA resident

Narrative:

On August 11, at 1:30 am officers with the Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the area of the southbound Parkway near Revere Street for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Initial information included the crash was a head on collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer truck.

During the investigation, officers learned Hannah Baker was driving a Saturn Vue passenger car. Baker was traveling north on the Parkway in the southbound lane when she collided with a semi truck operated by Jaspreet Singh.  Singh was able to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Baker but his truck was still struck and disabled by Baker's vehicle.

Both drivers were evaluated at the scene by paramedics and neither required further medical attention.  Both lanes of the southbound parkway were closed for approximately an hour and a half during the investigation.

Baker was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering and transported to the Deschutes County Jail.

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Attached Media Files: Baker's Vehicle
Enhanced Distracted Driving Detail Results - 07/30/18

****Follow up from release on 7/24/18****

On Thursday July 26th 2018 the Bend Police conducted an enhanced distracted driving detail.  The detail was conducted at the intersection of SE 9th St. and SE Wilson Ave.  The detail utilized multiple officers.  The enhanced detail ran for a duration of three hours.  The following are the results of the detail.

28 Citations for operating motor vehicle while using mobile electronic device

6 Warnings for operating motor vehicle while using mobile electronic device

14 Warnings for other observed traffic violations.

The goal of the enhanced distracted driving enforcement was to educate the public on cell phone usage in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by distracted driving and the use of cell phones.  The detail was in cooperation with a grant from ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) for distracted driving.

 

Search warrant leads to arrests and drug charges - 07/26/18

Over the past couple months, the Bend Police Department received complaints from multiple sources that drug activity was occurring in a white bus parked at different locations on the Southwest side of Bend.  The Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) team conducted an investigation as there were also numerous parking complaints regarding this vehicle.  Since the beginning of 2017, the Bend Police received more than 25 different complaints on the vehicle.

Based on evidence from the investigation, Bend Police were able to get a search warrant to search the white bus.  Members of the ILP team served a search warrant on the bus July 25th at about 0930 hrs. while the bus was parked in the area of 1007 SW Emkay Dr. on the north side of the road.

The two occupants, Travis Loeffel and Kaeli Kuehnel, were found to be living in the bus.  During the search of the bus, officers located drugs and drug paraphernalia including heroin, methamphetamine, two Buprenorphine Hydrochloride/ Naloxone Hydrochloride pills(schedule III controlled substances), and MDMA(Ecstasy).  Other drug related items such as packaging material, a scale, and smoking devices were recovered as evidence.

The investigation revealed individuals were going to the bus to use illegal narcotics.  Travis Loeffel was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was lodged for the listed crimes.  Kaeli Kuehnel was issued a citation for the listed crimes and provided a court date to appear in Circuit Court.

The Bend Police Department is focused on reducing drug activity and addressing safety concerns in neighborhoods and business areas in our community.

Loeffel’s charges: PCS-Heroin Misdemeanor, PCS-Methamphetamine Misdemeanor, PCS Schedule III Controlled Substance, PCS MDMA Felony, Frequenting a place where drugs are used, kept or sold

Kuehnel’s charges: PCS-Heroin Misdemeanor, PCS-Methamphetamine Misdemeanor, and Frequenting a place where drugs are used, kept or sold

Enhanced Distracted Driving Detail - 07/24/18

****For Immediate Release****

 

On Thursday July 26th, 2018 the Bend Police will be conducting an enhanced distracted driving enforcement detail at unspecified locations in the City of Bend from 1pm to 5pm.  The goal of this is to educate the public on cell phone usage in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by the use of cell phones.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on another activity.

 

According to the AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index in 2017:

96.8% view texting or emailing while driving as a serious threat, but 44.9% of drivers have read text messages or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days. 

 

In Oregon a crash caused by distracted driving occurs every three hours.  This distracted driving detail will be a joint effort and is partially funded with a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Project.

 

Reference:

(Oregon Revised Statute) ORS 811.507

Operating a motor vehicle while using mobile electronic device

 

Suspect in custody after stealing a firearm from a vehicle. - 07/20/18

Date: Monday, July 20, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018-216139                          

Date & Time of Incident: July 18, 2018 at 11:35am                                          

Type of Incident:  Theft 1, Felon in possession of a firearm, Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle                                                          

Location of Incident:

20800 Sockeye Place Bend, Oregon

Arrestee:

Tylor James Sowards                   25 year old                             Bend resident

Narrative:

On July 18th, 2018 officers from the Bend Police Department responded to a theft from a motor vehicle. The Victim reported the suspect took a loaded firearm from his unlocked vehicle. The victim and another witness described the suspect and provided the last known direction the suspect was traveling.

Officers made attempts to locate the suspect with the assistance of Bureau of Land Management Ranger Parr and his K9 Kahr, but learned he was able to leave the area in another vehicle. The investigation led to the suspect being identified as 25 year old Tylor Sowards.

On July 20, 2018 at 08:06 am, officers contacted Sowards at a business in Deschutes County where Sowards was arrested with the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The continued investigation led to the firearm being located and recovered.