The Oregon State Police arrested a 26-year-old Bend man Saturday afternoon, after the man allegedly led police on a car chase early that morning.
Just after 2 a.m. Saturday, an OSP trooper on patrol in southeast Bend, near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Third Street,spotted a silver Subaru Impreza being driven at high speed, according to an OSP press release.
The trooper, using radar, clocked the driver's speed at 64 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. The trooper attempted to overtake the driver; just before the car disappeared, the trooper's radar registered it going 85 mph, according to OSP.
At one point, as the Subaru driver attempted to elude the trooper, the driver turned around and drove toward the trooper, who then provided a partial license plate number and vehicle description to the Bend Police Department.
Around 11 a.m., a property manager at Parrell Mobile Home Park found the vehicle. Bend police contacted the vehicle's owner, Christopher Lee Edlefsen, of Bend, who had filed a stolen vehicle report stating someone took the Subaru during the night.
Late Saturday afternoon, the OSP trooper who had attempted to stop the Subaru contacted Edlefsen and identified him as the driver who attempted to elude him.
Police arrested Edlefsen on charges of attempting to elude law enforcement in a vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and initiating a false report. Edlefsen was lodged at Deschutes County jail and released later on Saturday.