BEND, Ore. – Police say a 26-year-old Bend-area man is facing several charges following his arrest Saturday.
Oregon State Police say around 2:10 a.m. a trooper was patrolling near Cleveland Avenue and 3rd Street, when they saw silver hatchback driving 64 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. OSP says the trooper attempted to stop the hatchback.
The trooper says the driver attempted to elude and the vehicle reversed directions coming toward the trooper. The trooper saw two male subjects inside the car before it went out of sight. The trooper notified Bend Police, providing a vehicle description and partial license plate number.
Around 11 a.m. Bend Police say the property manager at Parrell Mobile Home Park found the hatchback. Police responded to the vehicle’s location and contacted the owner, Christopher Lee Edlefsen, 26, of Bend. Officials say Edlefsen had filed a stolen vehicle report saying the hatchback had been taken during the night.
Around 4:30 p.m., the trooper involved in the elude incident, contacted Edelfsen and immediately identified him as the driver of the hatchback.
Edelfsen was arrested for felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and initiating a false report.