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News Release
Pursuit South of Bend Sends Driver to Jail with Multiple Charges (Photo) - 02/03/23

Released by: Lt. Doug Sullivan

Release Date: February 3, 2023

Location: Beaver Dr. and Juniper Ln. Sunriver, OR

Arrested:     Joseph Tibbetts        Age: 50           Sunriver, Oregon


Felony Elude

Misdemeanor Elude


Resisting Arrest

Reckless Driving

DWS Revoked - Misdemeanor


On February 3, 2023, at approximately 0018 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was conducting routine patrol on the south end of Bend, OR.  The deputy observed a white Chevrolet Suburban driving south on Hwy 97 at estimated speeds between 80-100 miles per hour. The deputy then observed the Suburban swerve in and out of its lane of travel in a reckless manner. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 97 by activating their lights and sirens. The driver of the Suburban slowed to approximately 80 miles per hours as it continued south on Hwy 97 before taking the Cottonwood exit into Sunriver, OR. 

The driver, later identified as Joseph Tibbets, lost control of the vehicle on Juniper Ln. near the intersection of Beaver Dr. and slid into a snow bank. Tibbets immediately exited his vehicle and fled on foot to a residence on Juniper Ln.  A Sunriver PD officer deployed their Taser and Tibbets was taken into custody after a brief altercation with law enforcement on scene.

Tibbets was evaluated by medics on scene and staff at St. Charles Medical Center, Bend. Tibbets was then transported to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail, where he was booked on the above listed charges.

Tibbets was also arrested by Sunriver PD in connection with an unrelated purist that occurred in December of 2022.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


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