Spokesman

A wanted Albany man was arrested April 9 but not before allegedly assaulting a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy and escaping arrest for several hours, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The deputy, who was not injured, encountered Sonny Allen Agrelius, 20, while investigating a runaway youth at 5:30 a.m. April 9 near the intersection of NE 33rd Street and O’Neil Highway, officials said. The deputy tried to arrest Agrelius, who had felony and misdemeanor warrants, but Agrelius struck and kicked the deputy before leaving the scene to the west, officials said.

More deputies, a sheriff’s K-9 unit and officers from the Redmond and Oregon State police responded but were unable to find Agrelius, officials said.

Agrelius was arrested around 10:50 a.m. after a resident reported seeing a suspicious person near NE 33rd Street and O’Neil Highway, officials said.

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