DCSO arrests 3 people after 2 different car chases lead to use of spike strips

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Two different car chases led to three arrests by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office this past weekend.

The first pursuit began on Friday around 8:30 p.m. when a DCSO deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on a Nissan Xterra driving in the area of the Desert Terrace Mobile Home Park on Highway 97 south of Redmond.

The deputy had noticed both the car’s registration violation and suspicious behavior from the car’s driver and passenger.

The driver, 38-year-old Tasha Delane Winkle of Redmond, didn’t stop and attempted to elude the deputy. The deputy pursued the Nissan for a short distance before stopping the pursuit because of public safety concerns.

Deputies set up spike strips in the area of Gift Road and 93rd Street. The spike strips were deployed and the Nissan was stopped in the area of Journey Avenue.

Both Winkle and the passenger, 43-year-old Sara Jayne Gittins of Redmond, were arrested without incident. Winkle was charged with attempt to elude felony, reckless driving and parole warrant. Gettins received warrant charges. Both were lodged at Deschutes County Jail.

The second pursuit took place Sunday around 10:00 a.m. when a deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on a 1998 Ford Mustang in the area of Smith Rock Way and 11th Street in Terrebonne.

The deputy tried to stop the car for failing to obey a traffic control device and expired registration. The driver, 31-year-old Chad Lawrence Griffin of Terrebonne, didn’t stop for the deputy and tried to drive away. The deputy pursued Griffin on Lower Bridge Road for several miles before discontinuing the pursuit due to public safety concerns.

Deputies set up spike strips on Holmes Road. The spike strips were successfully deployed and deputies arrested Griffin without incident.

Griffin was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail and charged with attempt to elude felony, reckless driving, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, warrant out of Clackamas County and parole warrant.

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