Bulletin Staff Report

A 20-year-old man and 14-year-old boy were arrested early Monday morning following a high-speed chase in a stolen SUV.

At about 12:30 a.m., a Deschutes County deputy tried to stop a 2019 Ford Explorer for running a stop sign at NW Oak Avenue and NW 35th Street in Redmond, according to a press release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The Explorer almost hit the deputy’s vehicle after running the stop sign.

Rather than stopping, the driver fled at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. The driver stopped on a couple of occasions only to flee when the deputy, who was not named, tried to leave her vehicle. The chase finally ended at Northwest Way and Odem Avenue near Terrebonne, and 20-year-old ­Malachi Melvin Webb Johnson and the unidentified teenager were arrested. Two other juveniles in the SUV were detained, then released to their parents.

The Explorer had been stolen recently, according to the sheriff’s office, and Johnson also was in possession of a stolen handgun. He was taken to the Deschutes County jail on charges that include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude. The 14-year-old was taken to Deschutes County’s juvenile detention facility on charges that include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated theft.

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