A man who stabbed himself in the leg allegedly attempted to steal three vehicles and led police on a five-hour chase before his arrest Monday.
Deschutes County dispatch received a call Monday morning reporting that a man was running around the Old Mill District and reporting that he had been stabbed, according to police. Officers found Christopher Van Wembeke Ward, 30, of Bend, in a roundabout at Reed Market Road and Bond Street and took him to St. Charles Bend after he told them he had injured his own leg, police reported.
While at the hospital, Ward ran out of the emergency room, ran under a fence and jumped into a Tomco Electric box-style van, according to police. He then drove through a temporary fence, causing damage to several employees’ vehicles and nearly hitting a Bend police officer, police said.
Police attempted to stop him as he drove erratically, but were unable to pull him over and instead set up in areas Ward frequented, according to police. Ward damaged the Church of Christ at 61691 SE 27th Street while on the run, police reported.
He then parked the van by a business on American Loop and attempted to steal a red Subaru but left without the vehicle, police reported.
Ward walked west on Reed Market Road, crossed an empty canal and entered a third vehicle parked at a home on the 600 block of Reed Market, police reported. Bend Police, Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies reached him while he was in this car and arrested him shortly before 1 p.m.
He was treated for injuries at St. Charles and booked into the Deschutes County Jail on a slew of charges, including reckless driving, criminal mischief and attempting to assault a public safety officer.