Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 26th, 2014 at 8:09 pm
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office arrested a man today after a hit-and-run on SE 82nd just south of King Road (about 12 miles southeast of Portland).
Here’s the story so far from the CCSO:
On August 26, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Robert B. Hyer, age 30, was riding a bicycle in the bike lane southbound along SE 82nd Avenue. As the bicyclist began riding in front of the entry to a gas station on the west side of SE 82nd Avenue, a Ford pickup driven by Leodan Juarez Belton, age 49, from Clackamas, turned into the gas station and struck the bicyclist, knocking him to the ground.
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Juarez Belton checked on the injured bicyclist, went into the gas station store and purchased ice, and then fled the scene in the pickup upon hearing sirens of emergency responders coming to the scene. A Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter provided the suspect’s vehicle license plate information to a responding OSP trooper.
The injured bicyclist was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
OSP and CCSO responded to the registered owner’s home in the area of SE 157th and SE Sunnyside Road. Officers confirmed who was driving the vehicle but it wasn’t at the house. Officers started driving in the area looking for the pickup when an OSP sergeant found it abandoned in a parking lot at SE 147th Avenue and SE Sunnyside Road.
A approximately 4:15 p.m., a CCSO deputy spotted the suspect walking to his home and detained him. An OSP trooper investigating the incident subsequently arrested JUAREZ BELTON for Felony Hit & Run. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.