SALEM – One of Salem’s top 10 most wanted criminals was brought in Friday after leading authorities on a100 mph chase and flipping a stolen vehicle, deputies said.
It all started at 8 a.m., when a deputy spotted a car he knew was stolen the night before in Salem, said Sgt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver, later identified as 28-year-old Bradley Robert Bender, gassed it. The deputy then flipped on his lights and a chase ensued, Baldridge said.
Bender tore through Linn County at speeds estimated at 110 mph, winding down treacherous country roads. He was driving so erratically, the pursuing deputy had to back off, Baldridge said.
Then, in the 39000 block of Brock Road South in Linn County, the deputy rounded a corner and spotted the car upside down in the middle of the road with Bender pinned inside, Baldridge said.
The deputy, Baldridge said, helped an uninjured Bender out of the car and took him into custody.
Bender was taken to the Marion County Jail and will face unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempt to elude, reckless driving, and possession of meth charges.
Friday’s charges come on top of a laundry list of outstanding warrants for burglary, aggravated theft, felon in possession of a firearm, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Bender was scratched off the Salem Police Department's Top 10 Most Wanted list Friday.