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A complaint from a Deschutes River Woods resident about a speeding vehicle ended up with a pursuit, the takeover of a Redmond motel, and the arrest of a wanted felon from California. 

Deputies saw the suspect vehicle northbound on Hwy 97 just north of Bend at a high rate of speed.  When they tried to stop the vehicle, the chase was on. The deputy was able to clock the vehicle on radar at 95 mph as it neared the southern limits of the city of Redmond.  The deputy initiated a police pursuit and the vehicle slowed down as it entered into the city before sliding of the side of the road and crashing. Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Dizney says the suspect fled on foot and disappeared into the Best Western Plus Rama Hotel on the southern edge of Redmond. Sheriff’s deputies…assisted by Redmond Police and OSP, surrounded the motel and started a room-by-room search to make sure all the occupants were safe.  Once that was done, deputies found the suspect in a vacant room and took him into custody.  30-year-old California resident Jacob Christopher Torrez was arrested for numerous traffic charges and on a California warrant for parole violation and dangerous drugs. The fleeing vehicle turned out to be stolen as well.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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