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DCSO Deputy Uses PIT Maneuver to Safely Stop Wanted Woman's Vehicle (Photo) - 11/04/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: November 4, 2019

Arrested:  Suzette Delancey  Age: 55    Bend, Oregon

Charges: Parole Violation Warrant, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and Reckless Driving

Narrative:

On November 4, 2019, at approximately 4:55pm, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was driving westbound on Pinebrook Blvd. towards the Bend Parkway.  The deputy observed a white 2002 Pontiac passenger car attempting to cross Pinebrook from the Alberstons parking lot towards Wal-Mart.  The deputy recognized the driver and believed she had a suspended license and warrant for her arrest.  The deputy pulled into Albertsons, turned around and went behind the vehicle.  As the Pontiac attempted to cross Pinebrook Blvd., the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

The driver continued through the Wal-Mart parking lot at speeds between 10-15 MPH.  The driver went past numerous spots to pull over and stop.  Eventually, as the deputy and driver were driving northbound on the frontage road, the Deputy activated his siren and the vehicle continued.  The driver turned left (west) onto Badger Road and the deputy attempted a PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) maneuver.  A PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing deputy can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.  This initial PIT attempt was unsuccessful. 

The driver then turned right to go northbound on the parkway and started to rapidly accelerate.  The deputy again attempted a PIT from the passenger side of the vehicle.  This PIT attempt was successful, causing the Pontiac to spin almost 180 degrees.  The vehicle struck a curb and came to rest in a dirt field on the east side of the parkway.  The driver was quickly apprehended and identity confirmed to be Suzette Delancey, the wanted person the deputy recognized. 

Delancey was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail and lodged on the listed charges.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.  The Pontiac had a scuff on the right rear quarter panel from the contact.  The Deputy’s vehicle had no apparent damage.

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