Vehicle pursuit ends near Culver

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Two men are arrested after OSP uses a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver to stop vehicle.


SUBMITTED PHOTO - A tactical vehicle intervention maneuver by an Oregon State Police officer brought a three-county pursuit to an end near Culver on Dec. 28.
A vehicle pursuit that started in Crook County and passed through Deschutes County, safely ended with two arrests in Jefferson County on Dec. 28.

Capt. Bill Fugate, public information officer for Oregon State Police, reported that the incident began in Prineville around 9:45 a.m., when an officer unsucessfully attempted to stop a 1994 silver Buick.

The vehicle sped off, and police terminated the pursuit, but other Central Oregon law enforcement offices later picked up the pursuit, including the Redmond Police Department, which also terminated its pursuit.

The vehicle proceeded through Terrebonne and Culver, where Oregon State Police, Madras Police Department and Jefferson County used spike strips in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

As a result of the spikes, all four tires were deflated, but the vehicle continued at a slower rate of speed. An Oregon State Police trooper utilized a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver to force the vehicle off the roadway, where it became immobile.

Two suspects, identified as Eddie Villagomez-Lopez, 23, of Prineville, and David Castaneda-Valerio, 21, of Salem, were taken into custody and lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

Additional charges will be filed in Deschutes and Crook counties. The investigation is continuing and the charges will be updated at a later time. No additional information was released.