Deputies arrest wrong-way driver

Published Sep 17, 2013 at 05:00AM

Bend Police used a police dog Sunday to subdue an intoxicated driver who first refused to pull over and then defied police, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Laurence Travis, 47, of Bend, was treated at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, and then booked into the Deschutes County jail on charges of attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and four counts of recklessly endangering others, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Paramedics treated Travis at the scene of his arrest at Empire Boulevard and Jamison Road.

According to the Sheriff’s Office: A caller to Deschutes County 911 at 10 p.m. reported a Toyota 4Runner traveling southbound in the northbound lanes on U.S. Highway 97. More calls followed. A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the driver at Cooley Road, but the driver continued south to Empire Boulevard, traveling at most 45 mph. The 4Runner stopped at a business park at Jamison Road, where Bend Police and Oregon State Police joined sheriff’s deputies.

Travis, confrontational, failed to obey orders to lie down, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A Bend officer released Haras, the dog that tackled Travis.

Travis is a registered sex offender since a 2001 sex abuse conviction, The Bulletin reported. He also pleaded guilty to committing first-degree sexual abuse after a La Pine woman alleged in 2003 that Travis attempted to rape her, according to Oregon Judicial Department records.