Pursuit out of Redmond ends in irrigation canal

Published Aug 15, 2013 at 12:46PM

A nighttime traffic pursuit ended Wednesday with a Honda Civic in an irrigation canal and its driver in jail, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

William Ray Worthington, 26, was held on a probation violation and for reckless driving and reckless endangerment after he fled a sheriff’s deputy at 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Gotchy.

Worthington fled from an approaching patrol deputy that followed Worthington’ 1997 Honda as it exited Bureau of Land Management property east of Ninth Street, Redmond, the sergeant reported. The Honda took a turn onto Oregon Highway 126 eastbound too fast and slid sideways into the canal, according to Gotchy.

Worthington was apprehended exiting the vehicle with a passenger, who was released uncharged. Two pit bull dogs in the car were turned over to a third party. The highway was blocked a short time while the car was pulled out of the canal, Gotchy reported.