HERMISTON — Hermiston police Monday, Nov. 15, arrested Carlos Barragan in connection to a felony theft case, and now police are looking for the suspect who smashed into Barragan with a Hummer H2.
Police Chief Jason Edmiston reported the collision took place at 6:39 p.m. Nov. 17 while Barragan, 43, was riding his bicycle on West Orchard Avenue near Southwest 11th Street (Highway 207).
“I can say based on video evidence, this was not accidental, it was clearly intentional,” Edmiston said.
An ambulance took Barragan to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, according to Edmiston, and later an emergency craft flew him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, for his non-life-threatening injuries.
Police do not know who was driving the large SUV, but the department issued an attempt-to-locate notice for a yellow Hummer H2 with possible front-end damage.
Edmiston also said the hospital reported on the morning of Nov. 18 that Barragan was stable and awaiting surgery.
Barragan is well-known to local law enforcement. Capturing Barragan on Nov. 15 at his father’s home while he was trying to hide in a crawl space marked the 15th time Hermiston police arrested him, Edmiston said.
And Barragan in 2009 helped set up the largest illegal marijuana crop in Grant County. Two years later in federal court he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and deliver more than 1,000 marijuana plants.