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News Release
Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest - 07/08/19

Vehicle Pursuit

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

Date:  07/08/19

 

Arrested:  Johnson, Malachi Melvin Webb

                    20 years of age

 

Charges:  UUMV x 3

                   Aggravated Theft x 3

                   Theft I (handgun)

                   Reckless Endangerment x 4

                   UEMV x 3

                   Criminal Mischief I

                   Attempt to Elude (Felony)

                   Reckless Driving

 

Arrested:  Male Juvenile

                    14 years of age

 

Charges:

                   UUMV x 3

                   Aggravated Theft x 3

                   Theft I

 

Vehicle:  2019 Ford Explorer         

 

On 07/08/19 at approximately 0028 hours, a Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2019 Ford Explorer for running the stop sign at NW Oak and NW 35th in Redmond, Oregon.  The Ford Explorer nearly struck the Sheriff’s Office vehicle after running the stop sign.  As the Deputy attempted to stop the Explorer, it fled the Deputy at a high rate of speed.

 

The pursuit ended on Northwest Way with speeds reaching approximately 90 miles per hour.  During the course of this pursuit, there was no other traffic on the roadway.  The suspect stopped the vehicle on a couple of occasions, and then fled again as the Deputy was getting out of her vehicle.  The suspect eventually stopped at Northwest Way, and Odem Avenue.  A high risk traffic stop (guns drawn) was conducted on the vehicle, and one adult and three juveniles were detained.

 

During the course of the investigation, it was learned the vehicle had been recently stolen.  Johnson was also in possession of a stolen handgun.  The owner of the Ford Explorer was contacted, and the vehicle was signed as stolen at that time.  There was minor damage to the Ford Explorer, and the owner was able to retrieve the vehicle from the scene.

 

Johnson was charged with the following:

UUMV x 3

Aggravated Theft X 3

Theft I (handgun)

Reckless Endangerment X 4

UEMV x 3

Criminal Mischief I

Attempt to Elude Felony

Reckless Driving

 

A Male Juvenile was charged with the following:

UUMV x 3

Aggravated Theft x 3

Theft I x 3

 

Johnson was lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail, and the male juvenile was lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Facility.  The other two juveniles were released to their parents.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this pursuit by the Redmond Police Department and the Oregon State Police.  There were no injuries during this pursuit, and alcohol was not a factor.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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