High-risk stop in Sisters nabs alleged car thief


Last updated 7/26/2022 at Noon

Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies made a high-risk stop on a vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot on Monday, and arrested a 22-year-old man who had allegedly stolen a car in Bend and was driving recklessly on Highway 20, nearly causing several wrecks.

The sheriff’s office reports that on Monday, July 25, at approximately 9:21 a.m., the DCSO started receiving numerous calls about a vehicle speeding and driving recklessly nearly causing multiple crashes on Highway 20. The vehicle was reported to be heading west on Highway 20 toward the City of Sisters. A DCSO Deputy spotted the vehicle on Highway 20 near Indian Ford Road, driving at a high rate of speed. The Deputy lost sight of the vehicle near milepost 91 on Highway 20.

The Sheriff’s Office continued getting reports about the vehicle as it continued west past the Hoodoo Ski area. The deputy and a Black Butte Police Officer continued looking for the vehicle.

The vehicle was located driving east on Highway 20 near the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 126. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, leading the deputy on a short pursuit, which the deputy discontinued. The vehicle continued driving east toward the City of Sisters. Attempts were made to use Stop Sticks on the vehicle before it reached Sisters, without success.

The vehicle was observed entering Sisters and turning into the McDonald’s parking lot. Deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop on the car. They contacted the driver later identified as Blake Goodrich, 22, of Bend, and took him into custody without incident.

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Deputies learned that Goodrich had earlier stolen the black 2016 Toyota Corolla from Bend and the victim was unaware of her car being stolen.

Goodrich was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail and lodged on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Reckless Endangering. DCSO reports that additional charges are likely.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone that observed Goodrich’s driving or had to avoid a crash due his driving, contact the office at 541-693-6911 — reference case number 22-39893.

Oregon State Police and Black Butte Ranch Police Department assisted on the incident.


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