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Hood to Coast runner caught after allegedly stealing truck, hitting runner

Charged with assault and other crimes
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 26, 2017 11:15AM

Last changed on August 28, 2017 9:05AM

David Jon Blackmon

David Jon Blackmon

A Hood to Coast runner was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly stealing a pickup truck and running over another racer.

The pickup was servicing port-a-potties at an exchange site near Birkenfeld at about 2 a.m. when David Jon Blackmon, 36, of Bend, allegedly entered it and began driving. Soon after, he allegedly drove the truck through a field where runners were resting.

Three runners were able to move out of the way, while another — Cynthia Gillespie of Canby — was run over and dragged a short distance, authorities said. The truck then stopped while her leg was pinned under a tire. She was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital and released after being treated for minor injuries.

Blackmon allegedly fled the scene after the truck’s driver confronted him. Oregon State Police located Blackmon in the nearby woods and charged him with second-degree assault, reckless endangering, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving while revoked.

Blackmon was taken to Columbia County Jail. Police are still investigating the incident.


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