La Pine man arrested on weapons, drug charges after short car chase through neighborhood


A car chase on neighborhood roads Sunday night west of La Pine led to the arrest of a man on drugs and weapon charges, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. when deputies patrolling the area saw a Subaru WRX speeding on Rainbow Drive.

Sgt. William Bailey said the deputy then saw the driver turn off the lights to the car to avoid detection.

The deputy alerted another deputy in the area who saw the Subaru pull out onto Sunrise Blvd. The second deputy tried to stop the Subaru, but it kept going, leading the deputy on a chase southbound on Sunrise at nearly 40 mph.

Bailey said the car hit an icy patch on the road near Pinetree Drive, left the road and hit a tree. Deputies then conducted a high-risk stop and arrested 37-year-old James W. Bruce of La Pine.

During a search, deputies discovered evidence that led deputies to believe Bruce could have a gun on him.

When they searched him, Bruce resisted and had to be further restrained, Bailey said.

No weapon was found, but additional evidence was found in the car suggesting Bruce had one.

DCSO K-9 Ezel and his partner Deputy Jeremiah Johnson searched the area near the car and found a small pistol in the snow that matched the evidence collected at the scene.

Additionally, deputies and Ezel found more than 10 grams of meth and evidence of the manufacture and delivery of meth.

Bruce was taken to St. Charles in Bend for injuries in the crash, then lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

He was booked on several charges including felony attempting to elude, reckless driving, and possession/delivery/manufacture of meth.




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