May 25,2008 00:00
BEND, Ore. – A 28-year old Madras man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on Highway 97 in Bend Saturday afternoon when he sped away during a traffic stop and eventually turned into a shopping center, narrowly missing several pedestrians, shoppers and vehicles as he sped through the parking lot at speeds near 50-mph.
20-year-old Azrael Rose Mary Wiersch of Prineville was a passenger in the vehicle, Cima said.
Wiersch was found with methamphetamine and hashish in her possession, and a more thorough search turned up a ½ ounce of what is believed to be cocaine in a “concealment area” of the vehicle, the sergeant stated.
The passenger was arrested on drug charges and released at the scene, Cima said.Williams was seen by witnesses running east from the shopping center, crossing Highway 97 and then the railroad tracks. A search by deputies, Bend Police officers, Redmond Police and a Redmond Police K9 unit was unsuccessful.
The investigation is continuing, Cima said, inviting anyone with information about the suspect or incident to contact the sheriff’s office.