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Madras Man Arrested Following Attempt to Elude Between Terrebonne and Madras
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A Madras-area man was arrested Monday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP), Madras Police Department (MPD) and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) after he attempted to elude officers on a motorcycle during an incident that started near Terrebonne and ended in Madras.

According to OSP Senior Trooper Jed Rzegocki, on July 23, 2012 at approximately 3:11 p.m. OSP attempted to stop a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on Highway 97 near the Jefferson/ Deschutes County line after observing equipment violations. The motorcycle accelerated in an attempt to elude the trooper at varying speeds, occasionally exceeding 90 mph.

When the motorcycle entered Madras, MPD officers took over as it went on several city streets and at one point went off road in an attempt to elude officers. The motorcycle headed south on SW Culver Highway and through the communities of Metolius and Culver.

OSP terminated involvement as MPD and JCSO units turned off their overhead lights and sirens while still following the motorcycle at a safe distance. JCSO had two Search and Rescue (SAR) pilots available and put a plane in the air to monitor the motorcycle's location. The pilots observed the motorcycle go back toward Madras where the operator ditched it at an apartment complex. The SAR pilots and ground witnesses directed MPD, JCSO and OSP units to the correct apartment where the operator went.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP troopers arrested BRENT LEE WALDORF, age 21, from Madras. WALDORF was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on local charges of Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. The investigation revealed the motorcycle was reported stolen to Gresham Police Department on March 12, 2012. The displayed license plate was switched from another motorcycle.

WALDORF was also cited for numerous traffic violations.