BEND, Ore. - A 34-year-old Bend man wanted in an early-Friday case of domestic violence escaped injury hours later in the crash of his SUV into an empty irrigation canal, but was arrested and jailed on DUII and other charges.
Bend police Lt. Ben Gregory said a woman called Deschutes County 911 around 3 a.m. to report an assault at a home in the 67000 block of Country Club Drive.
Police issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for Christopher Bryant Brinegar and his vehicle, a green 1995 Ford Bronco.
Around 6:35 a.m., sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a crash near the intersection of Woodside Road and Pine Vista Drive, said sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Dizney. They were told a vehicle was found on its side in an empty irrigation canal.
Deputies contacted Brinegar, the only person on scene, who had minor facial cuts but otherwise was unhurt, Dizney said.
Brinegar was found to be intoxicated and was taken to the county jail on the DUII charge. He also faces felony strangulation and first-degree menacing charges in the earlier domestic violence incident, officers said.
The crash remains under investigation, and anyone with more information was asked to contact the sheriff's office at (541) 693-6911.
American Towing was dispatched to remove the Bronco from the scene, Dizney said.