2 men arrested after dangerous high speed chase in Coos County involving stolen car

Skyler Waldrop & Gregory Kister (Coos County Sheriff's Office photo)

BANDON, Ore. -- Two men were arrested in Bandon following a dangerous high speed pursuit that ended in state park.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 9-1-1 caller reported a reckless driver on Libby Road heading towards Charleston and provided a vehicle description and license plate number.

A short time later a Confederated Indian Tribal Police officer spotted the white Honda in Charleston and attempted to stop it, but the driver sped away.

A Coos County Sheriff’s deputy then spotted the vehicle on Highway 101 southbound near Seven Devils Road. Before the deputy could get close enough to initiate a traffic stop the driver accelerated away southbound, forcing several vehicles to move off the road to avoid a collision, police said. The deputy pursued the driver, who by this time was driving at speeds over 100 mph south on Highway 101.

The deputy lost sight of the vehicle just north of Bandon in the area of Bullard’s Beach State Park. Bandon Police Department, Oregon State Police and other deputies were in the area trying to intercept the car which had license plates reported stolen out of California.

Officers searched the area of the park on the west side of Hwy 101 and North Bank Lane to the east. Officers saw the car inside Bullard’s State Park. The driver attempted to flee again, narrowly missing a Bandon Police officer in a near head-on crash, the report said.

A deputy was placing spike strips in the car's path when it approached at high speeds. The driver veered off the road and hit a small bump in the grass, causing the vehicle to go airborne. The car landed and struck a second bump, sending it fully airborne a second time, police said. It passed closely by the deputy who was standing in the grass trying to avoid being struck, the report said.

The speeding car entered the Bullard’s State Park campground area at speeds of at least 60 mph with patrons on foot in the area, police said. After missing several people the car continued to speed the wrong way through the campground until it crashed into a tree activating the front and side airbags.

After the crash both the driver and passenger fled into a wooded section of the park.

A deputy K9 unit responded and K9 Odin was deployed. Police said Odin found the first suspect within five minutes, identified as 26-year-old passenger Gregory Kister, a transient.

Odin continued to track the driver who, upon realizing the canine was a short distance from him, returned to the roadway and surrendered to a Bandon officer on the roadway. He was identified as 24-year-old Skyler Waldrop of Coos Bay.

it marked capture number 44 for K9 Odin since he came to work for the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the 2016 Honda Civic was reported stolen out of Sacramento, California, and in a separate crime the license plates had been reported stolen from a different vehicle.

The men were each charged with several crimes, including the following:

1 x ORS 164.135 Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (C Felony)

1 x ORS 819.300 Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (C Felony)

7 x ORS 163.195 Reckless Endangering of Another Person (A Misdemeanor)

2 x ORS 811.140 Reckless Driving (A Misdemeanor)

3 x ORS 811.540 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer (C Felony)

1 x ORS 811.540 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer (A Misdemeanor)

2 x ORS 164.365 Criminal Mischief 1st Degree (C Felony)

1 x ORS 164.095 Theft by Receiving / Theft III (C Misdemeanor)

2 x ORS 163.165 Assault III (Attempted) (C Felony)

Additionally, Waldrop was charged with 1 x ORS 811.700 Fail to Perform Duty of Driver / Accident (A Misdemeanor).

Because both men were currently on supervision by Coos County Parole and Probation officers they also had detainers in place by their supervising officers.

Both were transported to the Coos County Jail without further incident.

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