Ore. sheriff's office's first time using GPS tagging system leads to arrest
Deputies were able to tag a fleeing SUV with the StarChase tracking device
By Barney Lerten
SISTERS, Ore. — A wanted Sisters man who tried to elude Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies was arrested on Sunday, thanks to the agency’s first use of its new StarChase GPS tagging system and a nearly hour-long negotiation that led to his surrender, an official said Monday.
Another deputy spotted the SUV near Buckhorn Road and Highway 126 and was able to successfully tag it with the StarChase GPS dart. Janes said deputies then stopped pursuing the SUV and began tracking it remotely.
The GPS tracker showed the SUV had stopped on BLM land off Buckhorn Road. Janes said deputies contacted the 39-year-old driver, who was alone, but he refused to obey commands to get out. Deputies "worked to de-escalate the situation" and negotiated with him for close to an hour before he agreed to come out, Janes said.