Bulletin Staff Report

A Bend man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly firing shots at a woman’s car in a road rage incident near Sisters, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

An unidentified woman called police shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday to say that she was being tailgated by a white Chevrolet Suburban roughly two miles south of Sisters on U.S. Highway 20. She said the Suburban had almost hit her car.

Shortly after, the woman reported that several shots were fired at her car as the Suburban passed her. The woman reported that the Suburban had turned onto Central Street in Sisters.

At about 7:15 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy spotted the Suburban parked on Fryrear Road near Cascades East Drive. After additional officers were called in for help, 31-year-old Bend resident Joseph Wade Tafte was arrested and taken to St. Charles Bend to be evaluated before being moved to the Deschutes County Jail.

Tafte was arrested on suspicion of a number of offenses, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, hit and run, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

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