Bulletin Staff Report

A Bend man reportedly playing “chicken” with other motorists nearly hit a Deschutes County deputy’s vehicle early Sunday morning, leading to a chase that ended in the man’s arrest.

Shortly after 1 a.m., an unidentified deputy driving west on NE Bear Creek Road in Bend was forced to leave the road in order to avoid a collision with a 1998 Buick Century, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press release. The driver of the Buick, 48-year-old Kelly Joe Meyer, fled when the deputy turned around and attempted to stop him.

After a chase lasting about 10 minutes, Meyer’s car hit spike strips deployed by Bend Police on SE Parrell Road and came to rest on a boulder at the end of Aberdeen Drive. Meyer’s car contained a pair of passengers and a stolen handgun, body armor, tactical gear, a security badge and an older Bend Police shoulder patch, according to the press release. The passengers, who said Meyer had been playing “chicken” with motorists at the time, are 35-year-old Chelsea Vandette and 28-year-old Caleb Coultress-Bennett, both of Bend.

Meyer was arrested on suspicion of a number of charges, including attempting to elude, felon in possession of a firearm, reckless endangering and possession of controlled substance. His passengers were released.

Meyer was arrested most recently on March 15 and subsequently indicted for allegedly attempting to flee from police while in possession of a stolen pickup truck, according to Oregon criminal records.

The investigation is continuing, according to the press release.