NORTH BEND — A North Bend man was arrested Sunday, Dec. 2, on a felony charge of attempting to elude police and reckless driving charges, according to a Coos County Sheriff's Office press release.
Around 6:20 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the North Spit of the Coos Bay in the area of Transpacific Parkway mile marker 5, when a yellow in color four-wheel drive vehicle was observed traveling east, also on the Transpacific Parkway. It is unlawful for four-wheel drive vehicles to operate on a highway.
Furthermore, the suspect vehicle was observed to not have any rear lights. Based upon the observations, the deputy turned around with the intent of stopping the vehicle. As the deputy was turning around, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The deputy was unable to catch up to the vehicle.
After checking the area, the vehicle was located at the North Spit staging area near the BLM Boat Ramp, a popular location for transients to camp. Also, located was Christopher Carmack, 34, who admitted he had driven away at a high rate of speed to avoid a ticket.
Carmack was subsequently arrested on charges a probation violation and charges of attempt to elude and reckless driving. Carmack was additionally cited for driving with suspended license, no taillights, operation of a class I ATV without a permit and operation of an ATV on a highway. Carmack was transported and booked at the Coos County Jail. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police