No tail lights leads to pursuit, drone search, arrest of suspect near La Pine

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A La Pine man was arrested early Wednesday morning after failing to pull over for a deputy and leading authorities on a short chase, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Brackery Lester, 27, was jailed for felony attempt to elude, misdemeanor driving while suspended and a parole violation.

Sgt. Jayson Janes said the incident started around 11:45 Thursday night when a deputy tried pulling over a Honda Civic with no tail lights driving on Burgess Road near Meadow Lane in La Pine.

Janes said Lester refused to pull over and continued west on Burgess Road, then went north on USFS Road 4330.

Lester drove for about a mile and a half before stopping and running from the car, Janes said.

The deputy waited at the car for backup from DCSO, Sunriver Police and Bend Police.

Officers created a perimeter of the area until a drone operator and K-9 Vegas and his partner Officer Nick Lee were deployed.

Just after 1 a.m. the drone operator spotted Lester trying to hide under a log nearby.

About 10 minutes later, K-9 Vegas and the others found Lester and arrested him about a half-mile from where he ran from the car.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bend Police Department and Sunriver Police Department for their assistance.

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