UPDATE: Escaped arrestee found sleeping in home south of La Center

He fled as deputy was putting handcuffs on him

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter and Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Deputies searched for Shane Chandra, 18, whom the sheriff's office said escaped arrest south of La Center.

A man who eluded police midarrest Wednesday morning, fleeing with one wrist handcuffed, was caught sleeping in someone’s home south of La Center hours after police suspended a six-hour search.

It all started around 8 a.m. when a deputy responded to 1010 N.E. 299th St. for a reported suspicious situation — a man was sleeping in his car at the end of a driveway, according to Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman.

When the deputy got there, he learned the man, identified as Shane Chandra, 18, had a felony warrant out for his arrest for allegedly possessing heroin.

While the deputy was putting handcuffs on Chandra to take him into custody, Chandra pushed away, wrestling out of the deputy’s grip. He fled with one wrist still handcuffed.

Chandra was seen running barefoot into a wooded area south of the East Fork of the Lewis River, leaving behind his slip-on sandals and his car.

Deputies, including a K-9 unit, searched the area until 2 p.m., when the agency suspended the search.

Around 6:15 p.m., a resident on Northeast 299th Street discovered Chandra inside his home, sleeping in his bed. Deputies, along with La Center and Ridgefield police officers, arrested the suspect, who was still wearing the handcuff from earlier. He was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for evaluation and was set to be booked into the Clark County Jail. In addition to the arrest warrant, Chandra faces burglary and escape from custody charges.

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