- Associated Press - Sunday, August 27, 2017

BIRKENFELD, Ore. (AP) - A runner participating in the Hood to Coast relay is accused of stealing a pickup and driving through a field where runners were resting, injuring a woman, and fleeing the scene.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2wAwSHZ ) that David Jon Blackmon of Bend was later taken into custody.

He faces assault, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and DUI charges. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Witnesses said a man took a pickup belonging to a portable restroom company at about 2 a.m. Saturday at an exchange point near Birkenfeld, Oregon.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says the man drove the truck into the field and ran over runner Cynthia Gillespie of Canby.

The driver fled and the Oregon State Police found Blackmon in the woods nearby.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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