Woman cited for eluding officers

Published Sep 4, 2014 at 01:58PM

A woman who threatened to kill herself Tuesday afternoon led police on chases in Bend and Redmond Wednesday, striking three vehicles in the process.

Crystal Chirrie Unverzagt, 39, was missing and reportedly depressed and suicidal when Bend Police were contacted Tuesday afternoon, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. At around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Unverzagt’s vehicle near the intersection of Southwest Canal Boulevard and Helmholtz Way in Redmond, and attempted to pull her over.

Unverzagt allegedly drove off, and the deputy stopped chasing her after a short distance due to the risk to the public. The deputy reached Unverzagt on her phone in an effort to convince her to pull over, but she refused.

At around 2:43 p.m., a citizen called 911 to report that a pedestrian had nearly been struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Butler Market Road and Purcell Boulevard in Bend. The description of the driver and vehicle matched Unverzagt and her Kia Optima.

Sheriff’s deputies and Bend Police located Unverzagt stopped in the middle of the road on Northeast Sierra Drive near Boulderfield Avenue. She appeared unconscious, but allegedly drove off when officers approached her vehicle.

Spike strips slowed Unverzagt’s vehicle as she drove toward Boyd Acres Road, and officers were able to catch up with her and block her escape with their patrol vehicles.

Unverzagt was taken to St. Charles Bend for an evaluation, and cited for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and both felony and misdemeanor failure to perform the duties of a driver.