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OSP Troopers on Foot Track Motorcycle Elude Suspect Through Woods to Tree Stand Hiding Place near La Pine

September 16, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A La Pine man was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers after tracking the suspect and his female passenger on foot to where they were hiding in a tree stand in the woods east of La Pine following an attempt to elude on a motorcycle.

On September 16, 2013 at approximately 10:55 a.m., OSP Senior Trooper Jason Hansen attempted to stop a motorcycle for license and equipment violations after seeing it operated in the La Pine area near Highway 97. The motorcycle, occupied by a male operator and female passenger, attempted to elude Hansen, past OSP Fish & Wildlife Senior Trooper Darin Bean and east of the La Pine cemetery onto US Forest Service land. The troopers terminated their pursuit because of poor visibility as the motorcycle traveled on dirt roads, but a trailing dirt cloud allowed them to keep it in sight.

The troopers saw the motorcycle travel off the dirt road and into the woods where they followed the tire track on foot for about a mile until finding the motorcycle abandoned. The troopers then followed foot prints until they ended at the base of a tree. At approximately 11:44 a.m., the troopers saw the male and female trying to hide in a hunter's tree stand about 20 feet up from the ground.

The male and female came down without further incident and were escorted on foot back to the OSP vehicles. The male operator, CHRIS CAMPBELL, age 30, from La Pine, was transported to Deschutes County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person

CAMPBELL was also cited for several traffic violations including Driving While Suspended.

The 30-year old female passenger was not arrested.


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