A driver turned away from an alcohol purchase at a mini-mart in Prineville wound up jailed Thursday for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, according to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.
A man the sheriff’s office identified later as Corey Lee Davis, 54, of Prineville, was turned away by a clerk at the Cross Street Gas Station around 2 a.m., according to sheriff’s Sgt. James Savage. Moments later, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the same store for a cup of coffee. The clerk reported the attempt by an “intoxicated male" to purchase alcohol, gave the deputy a description of Davis’ Ford Bronco II and his direction eastbound on U.S. Route 26, according to Savage.
The deputy, whom Savage did not identify, caught up to the Ford near Barnes Road, but Davis failed to stop and continued on for about six miles at 55-65 mph before pulling into the Lake Shore RV Park near the Ochoco Reservoir, according to Savage.
Davis was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving on a suspended license, failure to present a license and on warrants out of Deschutes County. Prineville police assisted with the arrest.
Davis was released from custody for medical reasons later Thursday, according to the Crook County jail.