OR sheriff's team rescues hiker behaving oddly
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A Deschutes County, Ore., rescue team responding to a report of a hiker acting strangely on South Sister peak encountered a man that a sheriff's officer describes as incoherent and aggressive.
Capt. Tim Edwards says the 24-year-old Bend man became combative and picked medics up off the ground when they tried to treat him Tuesday. That prompted a sheriff's deputy to subdue the man with a stun gun. The team decided it was unsafe to fly the man out by helicopter so search and rescue volunteers brought him down the mountain on a wheeled stretcher. He was taken to a Bend-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Edwards says the man was not arrested due to his medical issues. However the case will be referred to the county district attorney's office for review.