From the Redmond Police Department:
At approximately 0421 hrs. Officers located a Black Toyota Corolla occupied and mobile in the area of NE 9th St & NE Hemlock Ave (Redmond). A check of the registration showed the Oregon license plate on the car had been reported stolen. A traffic stop was attempted and the vehicle sped off resulting in a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit continued onto the Redmond bypass, Hwy 97, north bound.
The pursuit continued into the Tetherow area of Redmond and then southeast towards Eagle Crest. During the pursuit, Officers lost the car in the area of NW 74th St & SW Eagle Dr. Shortly afterwards, a local resident called into to report a unoccupied vehicle off the roadway on SW Eagle Dr. with an open door and still running
Officers located the vehicle but the driver fled on foot and was not immediately located. Deschutes County Sheriffs Department and Redmond Police K9 teams were called in to conduct an area search / track. During the search, Redmond Police K9 Arco located the suspect, later identified as Kendall Hickman of Redmond, hiding in a barn a few hundred yards away from the car. Hickman was taken into custody without incident.
During the recovery of the stolen license plates from the car, it was learned the Toyota was recently reported stolen from the Redmond area. Hickman was later lodged into the Deschutes County jail for felony elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal driving while suspended and an out of County warrant.
The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police for assistance with this incident. The Redmond Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life in Redmond and Central Oregon by addressing theft issues. If anyone in the community has information about this incident, please contact the Redmond Police Department at (541)504-3400, or through the non-emergency dispatch number at (541) 693-6911.
Press Release completed by: Sgt. Hank Majetich