Arrest made in crash


Last updated 1/12/2023 at Noon

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies have arrested a driver who hit a pedestrian near Sno-Cap on Sunday, December 8.

The sheriff’s office reports that DCSO was dispatched at approximately 1 p.m. to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian. Initial information received was that a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe or similar vehicle struck a pedestrian standing at a parked vehicle in the 300 block of North Pine Street.

The suspect vehicle continued north on North Pine Street, and eventually turned east on Main Avenue. Deputies were able to review video surveillance and determine the suspect vehicle was a 1999-2006 GMC Yukon with a partial Oregon license plate of “ZV.” The suspect vehicle sustained damage to the passenger-side front quarter panel. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries and received medical attention on scene.

On Monday, January 9, deputies with DCSO were able to determine a full license plate of the suspect’s vehicle and contacted the registered owner. As a result of the investigation Richard Anthony Bassett, 89, of Sisters, was issued a citation in lieu of physical custody on charges of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (a Class C-Felony) and Assault IV (a Class A- Misdemeanor). The Sheriff’s Office thanked the community for their assistance in the investigation.


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