A Crooked River Ranch man wanted on a stalking charge led multiple agencies on chase Monday morning – even after spike strips deflated his tires, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Lt. Mike Biondi, Deschutes County dispatch advised deputies just before 7 a.m. that a Jefferson County deputy needed help in the pursuit of a man on Shad Road in Crooked River Ranch. Deputies were advised Jefferson County had probable cause to arrest the suspect for stalking and he had been tased before fleeing in his SUV.
Several Deschutes County deputies responded to the area to help. Deputies arrived in the area and were able to set up spike strips at the intersection of NW Ice Ave. and 27th Street and were able to deflated three of the man’s tires, Biondi said. A short time later, Jefferson County stopped the pursuit.
At 7:15 a.m., a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office supervisor located the Subaru in Terrebonne and followed it (without initiating another pursuit) to the intersection of 16th St. and Foss Dr. where it came to a dead end.
The suspect tried to turn around at the end of the street and the Subaru became stuck in the loose gravel, Biondi said. Additional Redmond Police, Jefferson County and Deschutes County law enforcement personnel arrived and started to negotiate with the suspect who refused to get out of his SUV. The man would briefly speak with personnel on scene and then cease communication, Biondi said.
Just after 8 a.m., Deschutes County SWAT team members arrived, including negotiators in an armored vehicle who talked with the man over the loudspeaker. At 8:30 a.m. SWAT members broke out two of the Subaru’s windows and sprayed the suspect with pepper spray which allowed SWAT operators to access his SUV and take him into custody, Biondi said.
Redmond Fire Department medics were staged in the area and began evaluating the man, identified as 46-year-old Luke Beemer. He was taken to St. Charles in Redmond for a medical evaluation.
Beemer was cited for driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest. He likely will face additional charges in Jefferson County.