Crook County

Driver arrested in wild Prineville-area chase

Man hangs onto pickup; spike strips eventually end pursuit

A Prineville pickup driver who ran several stop signs and drove in the oncoming lane refused to pull over for police Wednesday night, prompting a pursuit through several neighborhoods, only ending after officers used "spike strips" to deflate its tires, police said.

They also said a friend of the pickup's owner had jumped onto the truck's tailgate and reported "holding on for dear life" until it stopped.

Lawrence Mark Stroud, 31, of Prineville, was taken to the Crook County Jail on two counts each of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person, as well as charges of elude in a vehicle, second-degree attempted assault and a parole violation, said Police Chief Eric Bush. He's also charged with methamphetamine possession and several traffic violations.

Police tried to stop the white 1990 Chevy pickup around 8:40 p.m. for the traffic violations on NE Hudspeth Circle near Rosemont Street, Bush said.

Officers pursued the pickup through the Ochoco Heights area and onto Laughlin Road, where they were able to successfully use spike strips to safely deflate the tires, the police chief said.

Crook County sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police assisted in the pursuit, which hit speeds of about 35-45 mph and ended on NW Ninth Street, just west of Locust Street.

Capt. Michael Boyd said the pickup belonged to father of Stroud's girlfriend. "The father never officially claimed it was stolen," he said. "The girlfriend borrowed the truck and hadn't returned it," he said, noting that part was being investigated by county deputies because it was outside the city.

"The owner had been driving around, looking for his truck," Boyd said, finding it at a trailer park by Bi-Mart. They tried to block it in, he said, but Stroud got away.

In the partly completed Ironhorse subdivision, Stroud stopped, Boyd said. The man who had jumped on the tailgate managed to get the keys out of the truck,he said, but Stroud allegedly got out a second set of keys, started the truck up and drove off.

After the spike strips flattened the tires, the pickup went about seven or eight blocks before rolling to a stop, Boyd said.

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