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Fleeing Bend fugitive injured in parking garage jump

Refused to pull over; wanted on parole violation

BEND, Ore. - (Updating: Correcting lead to reflect no police pursuit by vehicle)

A 23-year-old Bend man wanted on a parole violation was stopped by police Thursday night but ran from his car and was injured when he leaped over a concrete wall at the city’s downtown parking garage and fell 16 feet to the level below, officers said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop on a car for an as-yet undisclosed traffic violation observed near Northeast Franklin Avenue and Hill Street, said Lt. Clint Burleigh. The officer turned on his emergency lights and stopped the car near Franklin Avenue and Hill Street.

As soon as the car stopped, the driver, later identified as Colton James Black, 23, ran before the officer could make contact, Burleigh said.

The officer radioed the driver’s description and direction of travel to other officers. Soon, more Bend officers and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies arrived and began setting up a search perimeter.

Based on information from the car’s registration and a passenger, officers believed the driver was Black, who dispatchers said had a no-bail felony parole violation warrant for his arrest, Burleigh said.

Officers saw Black running west from where he’d stopped, and he eventually entered the Centennial Parking Plaza. He was ordered to stop, but kept running, Burleigh said.

An officer saw Black leap over a concrete wall and disappear from view. The officer took the stairs and found Black was being detained by another officer on the next level down, the lieutenant said.

Black was provided medical attention by Bend Fire and Rescue personnel for injuries he sustained in the jump. He was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Bend and early Friday was taken to the county jail, where he was held without bail on the parole violation warrant. New charges included misdemeanor eluding police on foot, interfering with a police officer and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

Online court records show several cases against Black dating back to 2014 and a license suspension earlier this year for a DUII conviction. A hearing had been scheduled Friday to reset a trial after his arrest last year on second-degree kidnapping, menacing, car theft and other charges.


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