Police: North Bend man eludes police on 4-wheeler at high speeds on highway

Christopher Carmack (Coos County Sheriff's Office photo)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- A North Bend man was arrested after he eluded police by driving a four-wheeler on the highway at a high rate of speed, authorities in Coos County said.

Around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, a Coos County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the North Spit of Coos Bay in the area of Transpacific Parkway mile marker 5 when a yellow four-wheeler was spotted traveling east, also on Transpacific Parkway.

Police say it's currently unlawful for four-wheelers to operate on a highway.

Police say the four-wheeler also didn't have any rear lighting.

"Based upon the observations, the deputy turned around with the intent of stopping the vehicle," the sheriff's office said. "As the deputy was turning around, the vehicle left 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, police said.

They found 34-year-old Christopher Carmack, who admitted he had driven away at a high rate of speed to avoid a ticket, the report said.

Carmack was arrested for Probation Violation, Attempt to Elude and Reckless Driving and additionally cited for Driving While Suspended, No Tail Light, 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 sheriff’s office was assisted by Oregon State Police.

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