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Mar 27,2008
Two drivers arrested for DUII, drugs – in same car chase
by Cheryl McDermott

BEND, Ore. -- Two men were arrested Wednesday morning, both for driving drunk and possessing cocaine, after allegedly attempting to elude troopers and switching positions during the pursuit.

 
(left) Max Alan Levitch, (right) Evan Eler Manley - DCJ photos 

Oregon State Police (OSP) believe that Max Alan Levitch, 20, of Bend, was the original driver of a 1993 Honda Accord that failed to stop for Trooper Hyser and OSP Recruit Thompson about 12:10 a.m., March 26 when they observed a traffic violation within the city limits.

The Honda continued traveling about 40 mph, and Hyser said the driver and passenger exchanged seats during the attempt to elude.

Bend Police officers and an additional OSP trooper assisted and eventually the suspect car stopped in the 1100 block of 9th Street, a news release stated.

20-year-old Evan Eler Manley, also of Bend, was behind the wheel when he was taken into custody. Manley and Levitch were both arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

About 18 grams of cocaine were allegedly found in the vehicle, troopers said.

Levitch was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and possession of cocaine, and Manley will face those same charges plus reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, and felony attempt to elude police.
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  • My husband and I witnessed the entire ending of the chase. Not only did we see the Troopers beat/abuse on these poor kids. But also watched while one of the Troopers retrieved a bag fro the trunk of their police vehicle and placed it in the passenger area of these kids car. We tried telling what we saw to a Bend Police Officer but he wasn't interested and told us to leave the area. Isn't it just horrible when Police use their power to bust a bunch of innocent teenagers coming home from dinner?
  • (Posted on March 29, 2008, 9:26 pm Rick)

  • well, they switched at a 7 11...not while the police were following...at least that's what i've heard from the 5 people in the car
  • (Posted on March 29, 2008, 3:55 pm friend of the wrongfully accused)

  • Well, let's see, Mr. Levitch, if I can figure out where these facts, as you call them, came from (I guess you're ignoring the quotes "police belive" and "allegedly"). Perhaps from Trooper Hyser and the police news release as the writer said? Why would they charge you and your buddy BOTH with drunk driving unless you switched? Oh, thats right - they made that up because it was a slow night, huh? And why would your friends be let go? I don't know ... maybe there weren't underage drunk drivers? Or maybe they didn't have the cocaine?
  • (Posted on March 28, 2008, 3:10 pm Amused by stupidity)

  • I was wondering where you got these "facts." What's in the article is not true, we did not switch during the pursuit and there were three other people in the car who were let go for some reason.
  • (Posted on March 28, 2008, 3:04 pm max levitch)

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