Front license plate violation leads to Redmond-area pursuit and arrest

A Prineville man was arrested Thursday morning after leading a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a short chase when they tried to pull him over for not having a front license plate and expired registration.

According to Sgt. William Bailey, the incident started at 7:36 a.m. when a deputy tried to stop a purple Ford Probe in the area of NW Canal Blvd. and NE Oneil Way, northeast of Redmond. The driver of the Probe refused to stop and led the deputy on a chase, Bailey said.

Early on in the case, the right rear tire of the Probe blew, but the driver kept going, driving on three tires and a rim, Bailey said. The chase continued northeast, away from Redmond at speeds that reached 78 mph.

Bailey said additional deputies responded to the area, creating a perimeter and setting up spike strips. About 14 minutes into the chase, the suspect’s car lost the other rear tire and the driver lost control and ended up in a ditch near Smith Rock Way and Lone Pine Road.

Deputies arrested the driver, 27-year-old Kent A. Vannorsdall on multiple charges including felony attempting to elude, unlawful possession of meth and reckless endangering. Vannorsdall also had an out-of-county warrant for his arrest.

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