The man who allegedly robbed an Umpqua Bank in Bend on Friday afternoon was arrested a few hours later in Northern California after a high-speed chase.
Cory Dwight Homestead, 40, of McMinnville, reportedly eluded police through Lake County about 3:35 p.m. Friday and crossed into Modoc County, California, where law enforcement pursued him until he drove off the roadway and rolled his vehicle near the town of Bieber in Lassen County, according to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase in California lasted more than one hour and covered 70 miles, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The vehicle Homestead was driving shed tires during the chase, Modoc County Sheriff William “Tex” Dowdy said. “When the car was upside down, three of the four tires that I could see had no tread on them.”
Homestead was arrested and transported to an area hospital as a precaution. He was later booked in Modoc County Jail on charges of felony evading and a federal warrant for a weapons violation. Based on Homestead’s behavior and other information, Dowdy said he believed Homestead was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Homestead faces additional charges related to the alleged bank robbery. California Highway Patrol led the chase and subsequent investigation, Dowdy said.
Bend Police said he walked into the Umpqua Bank branch at 61515 S. U.S. Highway 97 at about 12:50 p.m. Friday and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was seen during the robbery, and no one was reported injured, Bend Police said.
Homestead has a criminal history in Oregon dating to 1996, according to court records. n 2008, he and two other men were arrested in connection with a shooting that closed Highway 99 in Dundee. Homestead was convicted of conspiracy to commit a felony and sentenced to four years in prison, according to court records.
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