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Report of Armed Male in Redmond - 04/26/17

Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert

Occurred: April 26, 2017 at 0641 hours

Location: NW Helmholtz Way/NW Quince Ln. Redmond, Oregon

Contacted: Brian Daniel Spohn, 37, Redmond, Oregon.






NARRATIVE: On April 26, 2017 at approximately 0641 hours deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of an armed male walking on NW Helmholtz Way near NW Quince Ln in Redmond. The male (Brian Spohn) was described as wearing a dress coat holding a semi-automatic assault type weapon.

Callers described the male as acting strange, strolling and looking around in such a manner it caused concern for several residents and motorists in the area.
Another passerby described the male as wearing business attire and sitting in the mud on the shoulder of the roadway with the weapon.

Deputies arrived in the area within minutes of the call and set up a perimeter of the area to contain the male. Traffic was stopped in both directions on NW Helmholtz for a short period of time while deputies made contact with Spohn. Spohn was detained without incident.

It was determined Spohn had been walking for several hours throughout the night and was transported by deputies to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for evaluation.
The weapon in Spohn's possession was determined to be an Airsoft Type gun resembling a semi-automatic assault type rifle.

This case will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office for charging consideration.

Suspect Tries to Elude Sheriff's Deputies by Diving into Canal - 04/26/17

Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert

Occurred: April 25, 2017 at 1714 hours

Location: 20130 Reed Ln. Bend, Oregon

Arrested: Robert Freeman James Robirts, 26, Bend, Oregon.

Charges: Failure to Appear Felony Warrant/ Original Charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Harassment, Strangulation, added charges to include Escape III, Criminal Trespass II.




NARRATIVE: On April 25, 2017 at approximately 1714 hours deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Robirts at his residence located at 20130 Reed Ln in Bend.

Upon arrival responding deputies could see Robirts standing in the back yard of his residence. Deputies attempted to contact Robirts when he began running northbound from his residence towards a nearby irrigation canal. Deputies engaged Robirts in a short foot pursuit when Robirts dove into the canal in an attempt to escape capture.

Deputies followed Robirts downstream along the bank of the canal for approximately 5 minutes until Robirts eventually swam to the north side of the canal near SW Garfield Ave where he was taken into custody without incident by an awaiting Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Sergeant and Bend Police Officer and his K9.

Robirts was extremely cold due to the frigid waters and was evaluated by Bend Fire Medics at the scene. Robirts was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by deputies for further evaluation. Robirts was then lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above listed charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the citizens who assisted the deputies during this incident.

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**UPDATE** Male has been located ---- Missing male w/Alzheimer's from Eagle Crest Area (Photo) - 04/22/17

***** Update at 1955 Hours *****

The missing subject from Eagle Crest has been located in Redmond and is being reunited with family. Thank you for your assistance!!!

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The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a missing male from the Eagle Crest area, west of Redmond. The male walked away from his residence in the 1800 Block of SW Condor Drive; Eagle Crest. He is believed to be wearing a light green shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. He is also probably wearing eye glasses.

The missing subject is an Alzheimer's patient and will probably appear confused and verbalize little. A photo is attached.

Please report any sightings or information to non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.

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****UPDATE **** Missing Endangered Female from the Bend Area (Photo) - 04/22/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: April 15, 2017 at 0900

Missing Person: Susan P Lewis 60 year old female
Bend, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

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****UPDATE April 22, 2017 at 1455 hours****

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

On April 22, 2017, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office assisted by Deschutes County Search and Rescue and a Crook County Search and Rescue K9, continued searching the surrounding area of where Susan Lewis' vehicle had been located. Approximately 500 acres of land was searched during this mission.

At approximately 1000 hours today, Search and Rescue resources located Susan Lewis' body. Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and a Deputy Medical Examiner responded to the scene. Based on the investigation, Susan Lewis died of an apparent self inflicted injury.

Lewis' death does not appear to be suspicious in nature, but remains under investigation.

Our thoughts are with Ms. Lewis' family and friends. We would like to thank every member of the community that shared information on social media or called into dispatch with information.


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The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public assistance with locating a missing female out of the Bend area. Susan Lewis is a 60 year old female, 5'2" in height and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Lewis has brown hair and blue eyes. We believe Lewis may be suffering from a mental illness.

On April 20th, a citizen reported Lewis' vehicle parked in the area of Sizemore Road and Couch Market Road, northwest of Bend. The citizen reported the vehicle had been parked in this area for about a week and no one was observed around it.

Further investigation determined Lewis returned to the Central Oregon area on the evening of Saturday, April 15, 2017. Lewis had been out of state for an extended period of time receiving medical treatment. Lewis also left a voicemail on a friend's telephone asking about the location of her [Lewis] house keys. The distance between Lewis' residence and where her vehicle was located is approximately 2 miles.

We're asking if anyone has seen Lewis or has any information on her whereabouts to please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. It is believed she has a cell phone, but it is turned off. There is no information on her clothing.

We've attached a DMV photo of Lewis from 2015 and a photo of her vehicle with the hope someone remembers seeing her or her vehicle. Her vehicle is a white 2007 Volkswagen Passat.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - 04/20/17

By: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Driver 1: Dorothy Elwood
78 years of age
Burns, Oregon
Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee



On Thursday, 4/20/17, at approximately 1:25 PM, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 East near milepost 46 dispatch reported a single Jeep Cherokee was involved. It was reported the Jeep's driver appeared to be injured.

Deputies arrived and discovered the above vehicle involved. An initial investigation determined the Jeep, driven by Elwood was traveling west on Highway 20 East approaching milepost 46, when it left the roadway to its right. The vehicle continued west, off the unpaved shoulder of the road in sagebrush and rocks. As it continued west, it crossed a raised dirt road leading to a gate on private property. This caused the Jeep to go into the air and land further to the west. The Jeep rolled completely before coming to a stop.

Highway 20 East was closed intermittently during this investigation. Elwood was provided first aid, including CPR and the use of an AED, but succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department, Airlink, and ODOT. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the citizens who stopped and assisted at the scene and with providing first aid.

This crash is still under investigation. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.

Aggressive Dog injures Sisters Resident - 04/20/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: April 12, 2017 1740 hours

Location: E Tyee Dr. / S Locust St.; Sisters

Victim: Jodi Schneider McNamee 62 year old Female
Sisters, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a dog and its owner in the Sisters area after the dog knocked down and injured a Sisters resident Wednesday afternoon. We're also asking for anyone who witnessed this incident to call in and report what they saw.

On April 12, 2017 at approximately 1740 hours, Jodi Schneider McNamee was walking her dogs in the area of E. Tyee Drive and S. Locust Street in Sisters. Schneider McNamee reported without warning, a dog hit her from behind, knocking her to the ground. Schneider McNamee looked up from the ground and a brown and white Pit Bull / Pit Bull mix dog was standing over her growling.

A nearby unidentified citizen was able to scare the dog off of Schneider McNamee and it ran away. Schneider McNamee was driven to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department where she was subsequently transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

Schneider McNamee received injuries to her right leg as a result of the incident that required surgery to correct. As of 1600 hours on April 14, 2017, Schneider McNamee was doing well and recovering from her surgery.

The dog was described as a brown and white Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix. No further information was given on the dog's description.

UPDATE 4/20/17

Dog Owner Located

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes 541-693-6911

Owner: Joyce Rayburn, Sisters

NARRATIVE: On April 15, 2017 the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a witness to the dog incident on April 12/ 2017 on Tyee Dr. in Sisters. The Sheriff's Office contacted the witness and Joyce Rayburn who was identified as the owner of the three year old Labrador/Boxer mix dog.

Based on their statements it was determined Rayburn was visiting a residence on Tyee Dr. Rayburn was getting ready to leave with the dog. The homeowner was unaware the dog was not on a leash and opened the garage door. The dog then ran out into the road where Jodi Schneider McNamee was waking her dogs.

After discussing the incident with Schneider McNamee it was determined that Rayburn would not be issued a citation for the incident. Rayburn was given a written warning for animal nuisance.

Employment terminated for Corrections Lieutenant - 04/20/17

Released by: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson -- 541-388-6659
April 20, 2017



Today, April 20, 2017, Sheriff Nelson terminated Robert Trono's employment with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office based on an internal investigation which concluded that on-duty conduct by Trono violated Sheriff's Office policies. This investigation was conducted by an independent investigator.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office earlier concluded that there were no prosecutable offenses based on a 2016 allegation of an improper firearm transaction.

Trono was placed on paid administrative leave September 2, 2016. Sheriff Nelson will release additional information from the investigation after the conclusion of the separation process.

Sheriff Nelson states, "I expect supervisors to adhere to the mission and values of this office. They are to lead by example and I will not tolerate a supervisor whose misconduct violates Sheriff's Office policy and sets a bad example for our Sheriff's Office. "

Employment terminated for Patrol Sergeant - 04/20/17

Released by: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson -- 541-388-6659
April 20, 2017



Today, April 20, 2017, Sheriff Nelson terminated Dan Bilyeu's employment with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office based on an internal investigation which concluded that on-duty conduct by Mr. Bilyeu violated Sheriff's Office policies.

Bilyeu was placed on paid administrative leave on February 21, 2017. Sheriff Nelson will release additional information from the investigation after the conclusion of the separation process.

Sheriff Nelson states, "I expect supervisors to adhere to the mission and values of this office. They are to lead by example and I will not tolerate a supervisor whose misconduct violates Sheriff's Office policy and sets a bad example for our Sheriff's Office. "

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Minor Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 04/15/17

Driver: Smith, Mariah Age: 24 Redmond, OR

Vehicle: White 1988 Toyota Corolla 4D


Narrative:

On Saturday, 4/15/17, at approximately 5:55 AM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Deschutes Market Road at View Lane. Dispatch indicated the driver and only vehicle occupant, Mariah Smith, had reported she had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed through fences along the roadway.

Deputies arrived and located the above mentioned vehicle parked in a grass yard on the east side of Deschutes Market Road. Deputies determined Smith had been traveling southbound on Deschutes Market Road and crossed into the oncoming lane before exiting the east edge of the roadway. Smith then impacted several fences before coming to rest in the yard.

Smith was evaluated and released at the scene by Bend Fire Department medics with non-life-threatening injuries. Her vehicle was removed from the scene by a tow truck due to vehicle damage.

The investigation determined the likely cause of this crash was related to inattentive driving. Speed, alcohol, or other factors are not believed to be related to this crash at this time. The sheriff's office would like to hear from any potential witnesses to this crash by calling us at 541-693-6911 reference case number 17-114652.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Provides Boater Education Classes And Pre-Season Boat Inspections - 04/13/17

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator
Date: 04/13/17

2017 Mandatory Boater Education Training Classes and Pre-Season Boat Inspection Opportunity

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit is pleased to announce the return of our free Mandatory Boater Education training classes as well as a pre-season opportunity to have your motorized boat inspected. Oregon law requires Oregon residents 12 years of age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10 hp, to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card. Failure to have a card under the above conditions might result in a $110 fine. This card is not a license to operate a boat, as there is no such requirement in Oregon. Once a boater receives their card, it never has to be renewed. There is a one-time $10 cost to receive your card and duplicate cards are available for $5.

Boat operators can also access the testing material and take the test on-line through the Oregon State Marine Board website, but there is generally a fee associated with the test and receiving a certificate. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office offers four, three hour classes free of charge that accomplishes the same goal. Students watch a video, are given information pertaining to specific Oregon laws and requirements and have the opportunity to ask questions. Students then take a 75 question multiple choice test; a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass. The tests are graded at the class and once a student has passed, they receive all necessary paperwork and information on how to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board.

The following is the schedule of classes for 2017. All classes run from 6pm-9pm and are held at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in Bend (63333 Hwy 20 West). There is no sign up or registration for the class, but please arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the class to check in. For additional information, go to www.sheriff.deschutes.org, or www.boatoregon.com or contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6501.

Class Dates:

April 14, 2017
May 12, 2017
July 14, 2017
September 8, 2017

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will also be providing an opportunity for boaters to have their boats inspected at three different locations in Deschutes County. The inspections will be offered on April 15th, 2017, at Big Country RV in Redmond, Sportsman's Wherehouse in Bend and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office substation in La Pine. DCSO Marine Deputies and Volunteers will be present at the above locations on April 15th, between the hours of 9am-3pm.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Assists Injured Hiker On Misery Ridge Trail (Photo) - 04/11/17

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, DCSO Search and Rescue Coordinator
Date: 04/11/17

Hiker Assisted: Cassie Mendoza, 27 year old female, Bend, OR

On 04/11/17, at 1138am, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call in regards to a female hiker who had fallen while hiking Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park. The hiker, later identified as 27 year old Cassie Mendoza, sustained non life threatening injuries as a result of the fall and was not able to walk any further under her own power.

Ten DCSO SAR Volunteers and one DCSO SAR Deputy responded to Mendoza's location, which was at the base of Monkey Face, on the west side of Smith Rock State Park. Mendoza was assisted down the trail via wheeled litter and then across the Crooked River via inflatable raft. Mendoza refused any further medical attention and was provided a courtesy transport back to her vehicle at the Smith Rock State Park parking lot.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in Smith Rock State Park that Misery Ridge Trail can be a challenging hike, with varying trail conditions and footing. It is always safer to hike or recreate in the outdoors with a partner. Mendoza was hiking alone and fortunate other hikers came upon her quickly and assisted her until SAR units arrived.

Found Horses from Yesterday Reunited with owner - 04/08/17

***** UPDATE 04/08/17 at 1830 HRS ****

Both horses have been reunited with their owner.
We thank the public for their help in this matter.


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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: 04/07/2017 at 1530 hours

Location: Gosney Rd and Crestview Ln


NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in finding the owners of two horses found yesterday. The first horse is a chestnut female with black mane and tail and the second is a male gelding with a gray mane and tail. The horses were found running together on Gosney Rd., near Crestview Ln., east of Bend.

If anyone has information that can help us reunite these two horses with their owner, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. Reference case # 17107061

Armed and Intoxicated male taken into custody; La Pine - 04/08/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Occurred: April 07, 2017 at 6:21 PM
Location: 51490 Highway 97, La Pine

Arrested: Joseph A. Cleveland 34 year old male La Pine, OR
Charges : ORS 166.272 - Unlawful Possession Short Barreled Rifle
ORS 164.364 -- Criminal Mischief I

NARRATIVE:

On April 07, 2017, at approximately 1820 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of an intoxicated subject at 51490 Highway 97, La Pine. It was reported Joseph Cleveland was tearing up the inside of the business and had armed himself with a firearm. The reporting party and mother to Cleveland was able to safely leave the business to a waiting deputy.

The adjacent businesses and parking lot were busy with patrons and vehicle traffic at the time of incident. Due to the immediate safety concerns for people in the area, deputies assisted by the Sunriver Police Department and the Oregon State Police, set up containment around the business and began evacuating citizens from the immediate area. Attempts were then taken to call into the business and have Cleveland come out.

After approximately 90 minutes from the initial call, Cleveland walked out of the business and was taken into custody. During a subsequent search, an A/R type firearm was located.

Based on an investigation at the scene, Cleveland was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and lodged on the above listed charges. Information that Cleveland had taken a hostage was unfounded and no one was injured during this incident.

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New On-Line Reporting for Graffiti and Extensive Litter (Photo) - 04/05/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey


NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce a new way to report incidents of graffiti and extensive litter in Deschutes County.

Inmate work crews have been actively out in the community over the past couple weeks painting over and removing graffiti from various buildings and walls. They have also been cleaning up large collections of litter from property throughout Deschutes County.

So far this program has been very successful so we are now asking the public for their help. If you are aware of any specific locations where a building, fence or wall has been vandalized with graffiti we would like to know about it. Or, if you are aware of vacant property which has been littered extensively and is of need of cleanup, we would like to know about those locations also. Extensive litter is defined as being a large amount of trash or litter that would require an inmate work crew to clean up.

Most graffiti vandalism goes unreported for weeks or months and can lead to the decline of a neighborhood and/or increased criminal activity. Graffiti removed within a few days has been shown to significantly reduce the chance of reoccurrence.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office sees the benefit in removing graffiti and litter in Deschutes County and the benefit all citizens and visitors receive from this effort.

Visit our website at https://sheriff.deschutes.org/ and click on Reporting Graffiti under Quicklinks on our main page for more information.

Short Pursuit leads to K-9 Capture - 04/03/17

ARRESTED: Vinson, Gerald Boyd Age: 51 Bend

CHARGES: Attempt to Elude
Attempt to Elude on Foot
Interfering with a Peace Officer
Warrant Arrest: Felony Failure to Appear on original charge of Unlawful Use of a
Weapon

NARRATIVE:

On Sunday, 04/02/17, at approximately 4:40 pm, a Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a red Pontiac Grand Am near the intersection of Burgess Road and Meadow Lane relating to the driver and only occupant, Gerald Vinson, having a warrant for his arrest. After attempting to stop the vehicle, Vinson sped away and led the deputy on a short pursuit lasting for about 1/4 mile before he pulled into a random driveway.

The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle as Vinson exited the vehicle and began to quickly walk away after refusing to comply with the deputy's commands. The deputy deployed his K9 partner, Brolo, who began to chase Vinson as we walked away. Vinson surrendered and the deputy recalled the dog. Vinson then walked back toward his vehicle and then attempted to get back into the car and presumably try to flee again. The deputy re-deployed Brolo who captured Vinson as he attempted to get back into the driver's seat of the car, biting him on his leg and taking him to the ground. Vinson was taken into custody at that time.

Vinson was known to have an outstanding warrant for Felony Failure to Appear on the original charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Vinson was also arrested for Attempt to Elude by vehicle and on foot as well as Interfering with a Peace Officer.

Vinson was treated at the scene by the La Pine Fire Department and transported by the sheriff's office to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained by the deputy's K-9. Vinson was later lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

Old Bend Redmond Highway injury vehicle crash (Photo) - 04/02/17

Release by: Sgt. Mike Sundberg

Location: Old Bend Redmond Highway near Pohaku Road


Vehicle #1: 1998 Ford Escort, Red

Driver #1:Michaela Dismore
Age: 19
Redmond, Oregon


Vehicle #2: 1997 Ford F250, White

Driver #2:David Mobley
Age: 28
Bend, Oregon



On April 2nd, 2017, at about 8:50 a.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Old Bend Redmond Highway near Pohaku Road, about 4 miles north of Bend.


An initial investigation found Michaela Dismore, (19 year old female), a Redmond resident, was driving her vehicle south on Old Bend Redmond Highway when she lost control of her vehicle which caused her to cross the center line of the roadway into oncoming traffic. Dismore's vehicle struck the front end of David Mobley's vehicle (a 28 year old male), a Bend resident, who was traveling north on Old Bend Redmond Highway.


Dismore's injuries were substantial and appeared to be life threatening. Mobley was not injured in the crash and assisted in rendering aid to Dismore. Several bystanders stopped to offer help and provided first aid to Dismore. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find Dismore still in her vehicle and provided medical treatment. An air ambulance was requested and Air Link responded to the crash scene. Air Link transported Dismore to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.


Dismore's vehicle was a red 1998 Ford Escort and Mobley's vehicle was a white 1997 Ford F250 truck. Both Dismore and Mobley were the only occupants of their vehicles.


Old Bend Redmond Highway between Rogers Road and Pohaku Road was closed for about an hour and fifteen minutes.


An initial investigation found speed was likely a factor in the cause of the crash. There is no evidence to show either subject involved were impaired. The Bend Fire Department and the Oregon State Police assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at the scene.

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DUII crash into power pole (Photo) - 03/31/17

MEDIA RELEASE
DUII Crash into power pole

Released by: Sergeant Aaron Harding

Location: Hwy 20 / Dayton Rd

Vehicle 1: 2010 Dodge Challenger, black

Driver 1: Kutschara, Michael Age: 27
Bend, Oregon

Citations: DUII, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Criminal Mischief

NARRATIVE:
On March 31, 2017 at about 0027 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office observed a black Dodge Challenger traveling west on Hwy 20, near Tumalo. The Challenger was travelling at a high rate of speed, estimated at over 100 mph. The Deputy attempted to stop this vehicle, but it accelerated away from the deputy continuing westbound on Hwy 20.

The deputy located the vehicle crashed into a power pole and juniper tree near Dayton Rd. The vehicle had caught fire and was starting to burn, when the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Kutschara, exited. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Mr. Kutschara was treated by Bend Fire Paramedics, then arrested for suspicion of DUII and other charges. Kutschara was eventually transported to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was cited and released.

Hwy 20 was closed in both directions for about 3 hours, during this investigation. One lane was opened while crews replaced the damaged power pole. Electric power service was interrupted for several hours as a result of this crash.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bend Fire, the Oregon State Police, ODOT and Central Electric Cooperative during this incident.

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