Bend Woman Arrested After Fleeing Suspected DUII Crash

Last Thursday, Bend Police responded to a report of a DUII driver speeding through the parking lot of Sportsman’s Warehouse in the 63000 block of Hunnell Road.

When officers arrived, they located the silver Honda CRX Del Sol parked on the east side of the building. As police approached, the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Jessica Capasso, abruptly drove away. When an officer activated his lights and sirens and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Capasso sped away without headlights, driving over two parking lot islands.

Out of concern for public safety, officers did not pursue Capasso as she left the parking lot and turned onto U.S. Highway 97, driving northbound in the southbound lanes.

Moments later, Capasso crashed into a Jeep Wrangler that had just turned left onto northbound U.S. Highway 97 from Cooley Road. Capasso then fled the scene. Officers found evidence of drug use in the unoccupied vehicle. 

Using a drone, officers located Capasso hiding in the bushes nearby. They took her into custody with the help of a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team.

She was taken into custody on suspicion of DUII and the additional charges listed below, then transported first to St. Charles Bend before being lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

DUII – drugs, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer – felony, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering x6, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – property damage, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – injury, Driving While Suspended, Probation Violation – felony, Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II.

Source: BPD

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