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Pursuit and Redmond Motel Standoff


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.


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