Redmond Police tracked down a reported stolen car on Tuesday and found the suspect already in jail for violating a restraining order.
Lt. Curtis Chambers said officers received a tip from the public on Tuesday that a black VW reported stolen on Sunday was spotted hidden in trees and brush just outside city limits in the area of SW Obsidian and SW 63rd Street.
Officers also were able to identify the man suspected of stealing the VW and bring charges against him associated with car theft and the pursuit that followed.
The suspect, 37-year-old Jeffrey Collins of Redmond, was already in the Deschutes County Jail after previously being arrested on November 11 for unrelated charges associated with violating a restraining order, Chambers said.
Chambers said Collins has been arrested for numerous crimes stemming from vehicle theft and pursuit. They include unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude, first-degree felony burglary, violating a restraining order and other misdemeanors, Bailey said.
Collins remains in jail.
Redmond Police tried to chase down Collins in the alleged stolen car on Sunday afternoon, but the suspect was able to get away after the pursuit became too unsafe for officers to continue.
Officers tried to contact Collins and car in the Redmond Walmart parking lot, but Collins drove away and left the parking lot, going west on NW Maple Avenue then on Northwest Way into Terrebonne, Chambers said. The car eventually went back south toward Redmond on Hwy 97 and then started driving south in the northbound lanes of Hwy 97 in the area of N. Canal Blvd & NW 6th Street. Chambers said during the pursuit, speeds exceeded 80 miles per hour.
In the interest of public safety, the officers stopped pursuing the suspect. Chambers said many variables are taken into account when officers are pursuing a vehicle/suspect and in this case, terminating the pursuit was the safest decision.
The Redmond Police Department is very appreciative of all the information received from the public relating to this investigation.