Authorities responded Tuesday afternoon to a Forest Service road off the Cascade Lakes Highway after a man believed to be suicidal intentionally crashed his car, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Davis.
The Bend man, 29, reportedly drove his car into an object and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to St. Charles Bend.
The incident started when a caller to 911 said a Volkswagen Jetta was driving erratically on Century Drive near milepost 6. The driver pulled over and the caller contacted the man, who said he was “going to kill himself,” according to a news release. A short time later, a mental health facility called in a report of a patient who was in his vehicle and suicidal.
Sheriff’s deputies, Oregon State Police troopers and officers from Bend and Sunriver began searching for the man.
About 12:40, a motorist reported seeing a crashed vehicle matching the vehicle description off Forest Service Road 4610, about a half-mile north of Century Drive. Deputies and officers arrived in the area and shut down both eastbound and westbound traffic on Century Drive, according to the news release. Negotiators were able to contact the man by phone and determine that he had crashed his vehicle and was reportedly injured. Officers found him and brought Bend Fire Medics to the scene to treat him.
A negotiator made contact with him, and sheriff’s deputies eventually approached him in his vehicle, Davis said, where he was helped without incident.
“As far as face to face contact with him, it was very mellow,” said Davis. “He was cooperative.”