Taser Used to Apprehend Suspect After 100mph Police Pursuit

On February 3, 2023, at approximately 12:18am, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was conducting routine patrol on the south end of Bend.

The deputy observed a white Chevrolet Suburban driving south on Hwy 97 at estimated speeds between 80-100 miles per hour. The deputy then observed the Suburban swerve in and out of its lane of travel in a reckless manner. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 97 by activating their lights and sirens. The driver of the Suburban slowed to approximately 80 miles per hours as it continued south on Hwy 97 before taking the Cottonwood exit into Sunriver, OR.

The driver, later identified as Joseph Tibbets, lost control of the vehicle on Juniper Ln. near the intersection of Beaver Dr. and slid into a snow bank. Tibbets immediately exited his vehicle and fled on foot to a residence on Juniper Ln.

A Sunriver PD officer deployed their Taser and Tibbets was taken into custody after a brief altercation with law enforcement on scene.

Tibbets was evaluated by medics on scene and staff at St. Charles Medical Center, Bend. Tibbets was then transported to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail, where he was booked on a number of criminal charges.

Tibbets was also arrested by Sunriver PD in connection with an unrelated purist that occurred in December of 2022.

All suspects are considered innocent until any/all charges are proven true against them in a court of law.

Source: DCSO

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