MEDIA RELEASE - A Stolen Vehicle, Pursuit, and a K9 Bite Ends a Bad Day for a Suspect
Redmond, OR – On Friday, April 13, 2018 at approximately 8:45 AM, an employee with Knife River Construction working on the SW Canal Blvd reconstruction project noticed suspicious behavior of a white male adult looking through a white minivan, and then driving away in the vehicle from the area of SW Canal Blvd and SW 25th Street. Redmond Police responded, and after speaking with the owner of the vehicle discovered the Knife River employee witnessed the theft of the vehicle.
At approximately 9:30 AM a concerned citizen called Deschutes County 911 Dispatch to report a white minivan had run a stop sign at the intersection of SW Wickiup Ave and SW Helmholtz Way. Redmond Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the area to attempt to locate the vehicle, believing it may be the stolen vehicle.
Shortly before 10:00 AM, a Redmond Police Officer observed the stolen white minivan being driven north on SW Canal Blvd approaching the roundabout at SW 27th Street and SW Yew Ave. Two Redmond Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop, accelerating to speeds of over 50 miles per hour in a residential area. Officers were able to see the driver and recognized him as Mr. David Giovanini. The pursuit was terminated by Officers due to the unsafe driving by the suspect and the unnecessary risk that posed to the public.
At approximately 10:07 AM, an Officer observed the stolen vehicle at the drive-through of McDonald’s Restaurant on S Hwy 97 in Redmond. An Officer set up spike strips, and as other Officers began to arrive, the suspect again drove away, driving over the spike strips and weaving his way through several Redmond Police vehicles, hitting one police department vehicle causing minor damage.
Officers pursued the suspect on S Hwy 97. The suspect made several U-turns on the highway, all the while at least one tire was deflating. Spike strips were again successfully deployed on the vehicle. However, Officers again terminated the pursuit based on the reckless driving exhibited by the suspect.
A few minutes later, the suspect vehicle was located again, this time driving on SW Canal Blvd with four deflated tires. The tires were tearing apart, and the vehicle was nearly driving on the steel wheels. Officers followed the vehicle until it became disabled on SW Timber Ave at SW 21st Street.
Once stopped, the suspect did not immediately obey commands to exit the vehicle and eventually emerged from the vehicle, continuing not to follow commands. The suspect ran back towards the driver seat of the vehicle and started to get inside. Officer Josh Powers deployed his canine “Maverick,” and “Maverick” bit the suspect while he was retreating into the vehicle. Officers pulled the suspect from the passenger side of the vehicle and placed him on the ground. Officers arrested the suspect without further incident.
Mr. David Giovanini, 53-years-old and a Redmond resident, sustained minor injuries to his leg consistent with a dog bite and scratches to his face from coming into contact with the roadway. He was taken by law enforcement to St. Charles Medical Center – Redmond for a medical evaluation due to health-related concerns, and eventually released to the custody of the hospital.
Mr. Giovanini was arrested for numerous crimes, including Theft of a Vehicle, three counts of Attempt to Elude a Police Officer – Felony, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Interfering With a Peace Officer, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. A report of this incident will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review and formal charging.
The Redmond Police Department attempts to balance the need to capture a suspect with the need to keep the community safe. The decisions made by officers and supervisors in the field are based on the information known to law enforcement at that moment. Hindsight is always “20/20,” but the rapid pace of dynamic incident necessitates quick action and decision-making. It is our hope the actions of your police department today were reflective of your highest expectations of law enforcement.
We want to thank the Knife River employee who reported the suspicious behavior of this individual and want to remind everyone to call the police when they see activity which is unusual or suspicious.