COOS COUNTY — Halloween night kept officers busy when a high speed chase led them in and around North Bend and Coos Bay.
The pursuit began near Walmart at 8:15 p.m. when a Coquille Tribal Police officer attempted to stop a 2013 Honda Civic for running a red light, according to a press release.
When the driver, Leif A. Atkison, 22, of Coos County, failed to pull over, the chase turned north on U.S. Highway 101, then onto East Bay Drive and Coos River Highway, and back into Coos Bay. Other agencies joined the chase and deployed spike strips on Red Dike Road south of Coos Bay. The spikes ended the pursuit.
Atkison was charged with reckless driving, felony eluding, misdemeanor eluding on foot, two counts of endangering a passenger, first-degree criminal mischief, and two outstanding warrants.
A passenger, Devin J. Wilson, 26, was arrested on a probation violation, and both were taken to the Coos County Jail.
However, the second passenger, and also the vehicle's owner, was released without charges.
The pursuit reached speeds of 55 to 60 mph in the countryside and involved the Coos County Sheriff's Office, the North Bend and Coos Bay police departments, the Oregon State Police and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Coquille Tribal Police Chief Scott LaFevre said. All agencies involved will go over the incident, which is required for any vehicle pursuit.