Bend woman arrested after car chase; deputy uses “PIT” maneuver twice to stop her

A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy Monday twice had to use a tactical maneuver in his patrol car to pull over a woman wanted for a parole violation.

According to Sgt. William Bailey, the incident started just before 5 p.m. when a deputy saw  a white 2002 Pontiac attempting to cross Pinebrook Boulevard 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 car.  As the Pontiac attempted to cross Pinebrook, the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

The driver continued through the Wal-Mart parking lot at speeds between 10-15 mph, going past numerous spots to pull over and stop, Bailey said. Eventually, as the deputy and driver were driving north on the frontage road, the deputy activated his siren and the car continued.

The driver turned left (west) onto Badger Road and the deputy attempted an unsuccessful 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, Bailey said.

The driver then turned right to go north on the parkway and started to rapidly accelerate, Bailey said. 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 car struck a curb and came to rest in a dirt field on the east side of the parkway.  The driver was quickly arrested and her identity confirmed to be 55-year-old Suzette Delancey, the wanted person the deputy recognized.

Delancey was taken to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office jail and lodged on the listed charges.  The car had a scuff on the rear quarter panel from the contact and was towed from the scene.


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