>Patrick Donaldson charged with assault, placed in jailA 44-year-old Madras man was arrested Saturday, April 12, after allegedly drove his 1992 Toyota pickup over a tent, nearly running over one woman who was sleeping.
At about 6:33 a.m., the Crook County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police responded to a domestic disturbance on U.S. Forest Service Road 33 near Milepost 2 in the Ochoco Mountains, according to Deputy Bill Elliott and Sergeant James Savage of the Crook County Sheriff's Office.
According to the police investigation, Patrick Donaldson of Madras had been drinking alcohol and had become involved in an argument with two women he was camping with.
"After the argument, Donaldson reportedly got into his 1992 Toyota pickup and intentionally drove over the top of a small tent, nearly running over one of the females who was now sleeping in the tent," Elliott and Savage wrote.
Donaldson then left the scene in his pickup and was not at the area when law enforcement arrived. He was located a short time later by Elliott about 15 miles northwest of the disturbance.
"The Oregon State Police also located Donaldson's crashed pickup a short distance away," according to Elliott and Savage.
Donaldson was then arrested on charges of first-degree attempted manslaughter, first-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree assault, reckless endangering, and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was transported to the Crook County Jail, and the investigation is ongoing at this time, Elliott and Savage added.
Crook County Deputy District Attorney Brigid Turner said that Donaldson was still being held in the Crook County Jail as of this morning. Bail is $25,000.
"That was set by Judge (George) Neilson yesterday," saidTurner, who is handling prosecution for the state.
Turner said Donaldson is being represented by the Bend office of Crabtree & Rahmsdorff Defense Services Inc.
"We don't know anything about it because we just got the file. We were just appointed," said defense attorney Roger Perry, declining to answer questions regarding the case.
Turner declined to comment on whether either of the two women were injured and the extent of their injuries.
"Circuit Court arraignment is on Friday at 11," said Turner.