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Police capture wanted man near Rainier

by: , Patrick Allen McMillan -- was taken into custody on Saturday after eluding police on Friday. McMillan was wanted on attempted murder, assault and kidnapping charges.

A Rainier police officer on Saturday had taken into custody a man wanted on several felony charges and believed to have been armed and dangerous.

The man, Patrick Allen McMillan, 41, had crashed a car he was driving on Heath Road in the Alston Corner area of Rainier at around 4:26 a.m. Saturday.

McMillan had eluded several police agencies most of the day Friday, after he was spotted driving a car by a police officer. McMillan then fled on foot into a thick brushy area near Clatskanie.

McMillan was wanted for attempted murder, assault and kidnapping.

The Saturday crash scene was around eight miles from where the Friday search had been concentrated. After the crash, McMillan identified himself to several residents in the area.

A call made to Columbia 9-1-1 to report the crash resulted in the police summons.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies upon arriving at the scene discovered that McMillan had left the area. A check on the car turned up that it was registered to McMillan.

Additional police support was summoned, including a canine unit from Clatskanie.

Later phone reports filtered in from area residents who described a man walking along Alston Mayger Road approximately two miles from the crash site that matched McMillan's description.

A Rainier police officer contacted McMillan, who was taken into custody without incident.

McMillan is being held in the Columbia County Jail on two warrants, one of which is a no-bail State Parole Board warrant. The second is a Columbia County Sheriff's Office warrant containing 20 counts, including three counts of attempted murder and one count of kidnapping.

The total bail on the Columbia County warrant is $515,000.