A man who led police on a chase in Bend Monday night was arrested and jailed on multiple charges.
Colby Joseph Wright, 29, of Bend, was driving on Franklin Avenue near Third Street at around 8:35 p.m. when an officer attempted to pull him over for an unspecified traffic violation, according to a Bend Police news release. Wright sped off westbound, and the officer ended the pursuit due to concerns for safety in a congested area of town.
Wright’s truck was soon spotted heading east on U.S. Highway 20 near Pilot Butte. A second officer chased after Wright, but Wright continued east at speeds of around 70 mph, blowing through red lights at the intersections of U.S. Highway 20 and 27th Street and 27th Street and Bear Creek Road, and a stop sign at Bear Creek Road and Purcell Boulevard, police said. The second pursuit was ended, again in the interest of public safety.
At around 8:43 p.m., Wright’s truck was located in the Barnes & Noble parking lot at the Forum Shopping Center.
An officer located Wright on foot near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Purcell Boulevard. While he was being questioned by the officer, Wright attempted to run but tripped and fell in the middle of the highway.
He was taken into custody, treated at St. Charles Bend for cuts and scrapes suffered when he fell down on the pavement and booked into the Deschutes County jail on felony and misdemeanor counts of attempting to elude a police officer, three counts of reckless driving, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and an out-of-county warrant. Wright’s bail was set at $100,000.