Man arrested after head-on crash in roundabout, running from the scene

A Bend man was arrested Friday for drunk driving and felony hit and run after he went the wrong way in a roundabout, collided with another car and ran from the crash, according to Bend Police.

Sgt. R.C. Bigelow said 41-year-old Harry Clifford Shearer made a left turn in to the roundabout at 15th and Golden Gate Place and collided with a Jeep before running from the scene.

The incident started around 3:35 when someone reported to Deschutes County 911 dispatch that a gray Honda Accord drove the wrong way into the roundabout and collided with a black Jeep Wrangler.

The driver of the Jeep, a 52-year-old Bend woman, sustained injuries in the crash.

Bigelow said an off duty member of Bend Fire and Rescue helped at the crash by providing care to the injured woman, who was later taken to St. Charles by ambulance.

A juvenile passenger in the Jeep was taken by personal vehicle to St. Charles for evaluation. The man in the Honda sustained visible injuries from the crash, but left the scene on foot, Bigelow said.

Citizens who saw the crash provided responding officers with a physical description of the suspect. Additional citizens contacted police and provided officers with information with where the suspect headed and the presence of evidence the suspect discarded as he fled, Bigelow said.

Officers not involved in the crash investigation established a perimeter to contain the suspect. At 4:03 pm a Bend Police Officer on the perimeter saw a man matching the suspect’s description in the area of SE 27th Street and SE Stevens Road.

The officer attempted to contact the man, identified as Shearer, but he ran again. The officer followed Shearer and arrested him after he tried to hide in a snow-covered open area. Shearer was taken into custody without further incident.

Bend Fire and Rescue responded and evaluated Shearer before he was taken to St. Charles. He was issued a citation in lieu of custody and released at the hospital.

The Bend Police Department was assisted by Bend Fire and Rescue. The Bend Police Department would like to thank the citizens that stopped at the traffic crash and provided aid to the injured woman and to the citizens that provided information regarding the suspect that assisted with his capture.

 

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