By Hilary Corrigan

The Bulletin

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Crook County deputy district attorney Monday on suspicion of eluding police after he failed to stop for deputies Sunday night.

Matthew Reiner, 29, of Bend, faces a felony charge of eluding police in a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of eluding police on foot, according to Lt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s office deputies found Reiner apparently looking for his Audi near a home where he had allegedly abandoned it after a police chase the night before, according to the office.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop an Audi A3 for driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Highway 22 near Lyons, a sheriff’s office news release stated. The vehicle sped off on a gravel road after the deputy turned on the police car’s emergency lights. The deputy soon found the Audi in a driveway on Riverhaven Lane SE near Stayton. A police dog failed to locate the driver, and the car was towed, the news release said.

A resident at that home called the sheriff’s office at about 6:30 a.m. Monday to report a male on that property, apparently searching for the Audi. Deputies caught up with Reiner as he walked away from the home, the news release said, adding that Reiner was “dirty, wet, (scraped) up and in possession of a key to an Audi.” They found that Reiner was the Audi’s registered owner and a deputy district attorney for the Crook County District Attorney’s Office.

Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins said Monday that, following Crook County policy, Reiner was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, meaning the Marion County criminal process. Vitolins said there had been no similar incidents with Reiner before.

Reiner was booked and released from Marion County Jail. He is set to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on Sept. 12.

— Reporter: 541-617-7812,

hcorrigan@bendbulletin.com

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