Elusive Baker now in jail on 9 warrants


William Wade Baker, who has eluded Multnomah County sheriff's deputies two times in the last four months, is finally behind bars.

The 45-year-old Corbett man is serving 25 days on a probation violation at the Justice Center Jail in Portland, where he also faces charges stemming from incidents in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Bail is set at $92,500.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle early Thursday, Oct. 5, contacted two subjects in a yellow 1976 Datsun in the 8500 block of Southeast 172nd Avenue. One of the deputies recognized Baker as the passenger.

Although several of the charges against him are still pending, officers arrested Baker on outstanding Multnomah County warrants for felony attempt to elude in a vehicle, resisting arrest, third-degree escape, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Deputies also took Baker in on Clackamas County warrants for failure to appear in court on a felony charge of attempt to elude, two counts of recklessly endangering another, providing false information to a police officer and failure to appear in court on a second-degree criminal mischief charge.

Multnomah County deputies originally attempted to serve Baker with the warrants on Friday, Sept. 8, but he allegedly spotted them, fled on foot and jumped off a 20-foot cliff near Interstate 84 to get away.