Bend PD: Drunk driver hits woman carrying baby; 3 parked cars

A Redmond man was arrested for drunk driving Friday night after police say he hit a woman carrying her infant in downtown Bend, left the scene and crashed into three parked cars.

The suspect, 36-year-old Cyle Hartzell of Redmond, had an 8-year-old child in the truck with him, police said.

Cpl. Ian Macdonell said the incident started just before 7 p.m when officers were dispatched to NW Wall and Bond streets downtown for multiple reports of a car hitting a pedestrian.

Officers were on the scene almost immediately, Macdonnell said and found a 33-year-old Redmond woman with her infant strapped to her in a chest carrier had been hit by a Dodge Ram truck.

Macdonnell said witnesses told police the driver hit two other vehicles in the area before leaving the scene. They also said they saw a small child passenger in the suspect’s truck.

Officers saw the truck leave the scene and tried to stop it, but the truck did not yield and left the area. Officers lost sight of the truck and couldn’t find it for a while.

About 20 minutes later, another witness, with no prior knowledge of the downtown incident, called and reported the suspected truck as a possible drunk driver in the area of NW Mt. Washington Drive and NW Flagline Drive in Northwest Crossing.

Macdonnell said officers arrived to find the truck stopped in the middle of NW Quinn Creek Loop at NW Flagline Drive. Inside the truck, officers found Hartzell and his 8-year-old child.

Further investigation showed Hartzell had crashed into another parked car on NW Quinn Creek Loop, Macdonnell said. Hartzell was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with DUII, five counts of reckless endangering, three counts of reckless driving, three counts of criminal mischief and several other charges.

 

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