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Assault attempt ends in arrest

by: Submitted photo - Patrick Donaldson


   An apparent argument in the Ochoco Mountains in Crook County last Saturday morning resulted in attempted manslaughter, assault and other charges against Patrick Donaldson, 44, of Madras.
   Both the Crook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to a domestic disturbance report at 6:33 a.m. near milepost two of the U.S. Forest Service Road 33.
   The investigating officers found evidence Donaldson had intentionally drove his 1992 Toyota pickup over a small tent in which two females were sleeping, nearly running over one of the women.
   The Crook County District Attorney's Office is not releasing the names of the victims.
   Donaldson left the scene by the time officers arrived. He was found a short time later by deputy Bill Elliott of the Crook County Sheriff's Office approximately 15 miles northwest of the incident.
   Officers also located Donaldson's crashed pickup a short distance away. He was arrested and booked into the Crook County Jail.
   Donaldson is charged with first-degree attempted manslaughter, first-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree assault, reckless endangering and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
   An investigation of the incident is ongoing, said the Crook County Sheriff's Office.