Redmond Police tried to chase down a reported stolen car Sunday afternoon, but the suspect was able to get away after the pursuit became too unsafe for officers to continue.
Police took a report of a stolen 2012 black Volkswagen EOS from the 2900 block of SW 24th Court in Redmond about 10 a.m. Sunday morning, said Lt. Curtis Chambers. A few hours later at 3:45 PM, officers found the car in the Walmart parking lot in Redmond. A suspect was painting the tires/wheels in the parking lot, Chambers said. The actual car is pictured above.
Officers tried to contact the suspect and car, but the suspect drove away and left the parking lot, going west on NW Maple Avenue then on Northwest Way into Terrebonne. 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 stolen vehicle and driver were last seen driving south on N Canal Blvd. in the area of St. Charles-Redmond.
Officers are actively investigating leads and seeking the public’s assistance. If you saw a black Volkswagen convertible with a damaged front bumper, please contact Deschutes County 911 Dispatch and ask to speak with the Redmond Police Department.