A 31-year-old Warm Springs woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly leaving the area of a drug house in Redmond and crashing into an SUV with a family in it, according to a release from Redmond Police Department (RPD).
Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, RPD was in the vicinity of NW Hemlock Ct. and NW 4th St. keeping an eye on a known drug house when an officer saw a gray 2011 Dodge Avenger leave the area.
Another officer nearby saw the Avenger turn onto NW Greenwood Ave. and leave at a high rate of speed. Prior to this, the officer did not attempt to initiate a traffic stop on the Avenger.
The Avenger, driven by Latanna Jackson, 31, of Warm Springs, left the officer’s view after running a stop sign on NW Canal Blvd. The officer then turned on the patrol vehicle’s lights and siren, and saw Jackson drive onto NW Elm Ave., where she crashed into a Yukon SUV and spun out of control.
After colliding with the Yukon, Jackson allegedly struck two parked vehicles and nearly hit a person sitting on the front step of an apartment.
The Avenger came to a stop, and Jackson fled on foot, leaving her two passengers in the vehicle with serious injuries.
Officers found Jackson hiding near NW 6th St. and NW Cedar Ave., and arrested her. Jackson was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for treatment of injuries, and will be booked into Deschutes County Jail.
A woman and her two children, ages 5 and 1, were in the Yukon, but were transported from the scene by other family members. The two passengers in the Avenger were taken to the hospital for what police described as severe, but not life-threatening injuries.
Subsequent investigation revealed the Avenger was stolen from a Metolius resident.
Jackson faces charges of failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run) – felony, reckless driving, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, DUII – controlled substance, unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.