A man was arrested early July 8 after allegedly leading deputies on a chase at speeds up to 90 mph in a stolen sport utility vehicle, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release.
After a deputy attempted to stop a 2019 Ford Explorer that had run a stop sign at the corner of NW Oak Avenue and NW 35th Street in northern Redmond, the driver of the SUV, Malachi Melvin Webb Johnson, 20, nearly collided with the deputy’s vehicle and then drove off at a fast speed, officials said. Officials said no other traffic was on the road when the chase reached 90 mph, with Johnson stopping and then driving off as the deputy left her vehicle on a couple occasions, officials said.
Guns were drawn after Johnson stopped for good at the intersection of Northwest Way and Odem Avenue, officials said. After an investigation showed the SUV and a handgun found on Johnson were allegedly stolen, the SUV was returned to its owner with minor damage officials said.
Johnson was taken to Deschutes County jail facing four counts of recklessly endangering, three counts each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and aggravated theft and single counts of felony attempt to elude, first-degree theft of the handgun, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving, officials said. A 14-year-old, one of three minors found in the SUV, was charged with three counts each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated theft and first-degree theft, officials said. The other two youths were released to their parents, officials said.
Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, officials said.