Deschutes County, Ore. – According to Oregon State Police, on October 22nd an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper observed a white Chevrolet Blaze driving erratically on Burgess Road in Deschutes County and attempted to make a traffic stop. The trooper suspected the driver may have been driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Troopers said the vehicle did not stop and a pursuit began. The suspect eventually pulled into the driveway of his home in the 53000 block of Day Road in LaPine. The driver, identified as 50-year-old Alexander Dirienzo got out of his vehicle, walked toward his home and ignored the trooper’s demands to stop.
OSP said Dirienzo then began to aggressively walk toward the trooper. The trooper tased Dirienzo twice and sprayed him with pepper spray–both had little effect. Dirienzo then assaulted the trooper and tried to take his rifle. The trooper successfully defended himself by punching Dirienzo in the face. The suspect fled into his home, then reportedly exited the back of the residence and left the scene. The trooper received minor injuries.
According to OSP, on October 24th an OSP trooper stopped a vehicle on Burgess Road in LaPine. Dirienzo was a passenger in the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident on multiple charges including robbery, assaulting a public safety officer, attempting to elude a police officer, and unlawful use of a weapon.