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Bend man charged in hit-and-run DUII crash near Terrebonne

Deputies say he left; K-9 found him in pasture

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A 49-year-old Bend man crashed his car into a telephone pole and rock pile near Terrebonne, then walked away injured Wednesday night, prompting an extensive search until a police dog found him in a nearby pasture.  Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said. He was taken to the hospital and faces DUII (alcohol and marijuana) and hit-and-run charges.

Deputies were dispatched shortly before 8:30 p.m. to the reported single-vehicle crash in the 3900 block of Northwest Way, said sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Dizney.

Dispatchers said the driver, later identified as Robert Earl Cole, had walked away from the scene for unknown reasons before deputies arrived, Dizney said. Witnesses reported that he appeared injured at the time.

Deputies, aided by Oregon State Police and Bend Police Department K-9 Haras, conducted an extensive search for the driver. Dizney said Cole was located by the police dog around 9:15 p.m. in an adjacent pasture, with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Redmond Fire Department medics were called and took Cole by ambulance to St. Charles Redmond, Dizney said.

An investigation determined Cole had been driving a white 1993 Audi Quattro heading north on Northwest Way. Just north of Upas Way, Cole failed to successfully navigate curves in the roadway, causing his car to cross the oncoming lane, leave the roads west shoulder and hit a phone pole, severely damaging it, before hitting a rock pile, Dizney said.

Deputies determined Cole was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, Dizney said. He was arrested on charges of DUII, criminal mischief and failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run).

He remained at the hospital following his arrest, undergoing treatment. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and later released.


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