COOS BAY — Authorities say a man in Coos Bay wanted for failing to appear in court temporarily knocked an officer unconscious who had been trying to take him into custody.
Oregon State Police Lt. Cari Boyd said Coos County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Slater went to a home Tuesday where a tipster had reported that Eric Wadkins, 40, of Coos Bay, was hiding in a residence on SW 10th Road in Charleston. Wadkins was wanted on a failure to appear warrant for domestic assault.
Boyd says Wadkins resisted arrest and fought with Slater, trying unsuccessfully to take Slater's firearm before fleeing. Police officers responded from the Coos Bay Police Department, North Bend Police Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coquille Tribal Police Department, Bandon Police Department, Detectives from SCINT (South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team) and Oregon State Police.
The Oregon State Police started a perimeter on SW 12th Road when two citizens reported their vehicle had just been stolen. An OSP officer radioed the information to responding units. At that time, a North Bend Police Officer was almost struck by the stolen vehicle when it crashed near milepost One on 7 Devils Road just south of Charleston. Boyd says Wadkins nearly drove it into another officer before crashing the vehicle.
Boyd says Wadkins fled again and entered a building. The Coos Bay Police Department tracking K-9 responded. The K-9 (Dak) located Wadkins but Wadkins was able to enter into a building onto a private property on Walker Road. Officers entered the building and made contact with Wadkins and Wadkins continued to resist arrest. Eventually Wadkins was placed under arrest. Wadkins was transported to area hospital for evaluation and was lodged at the Coos County Jail.
Wadking is being held on the following charges:
• Unauthorized use of a vehicle
• Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle
• Robbery in the third degree
• Assault in the fourth degree
• Recklessly endangering another person
• Fleeing a police officer
• Reckless driving
• Burglary in the second degree
• Criminal trespass in the second degree
• Assault on a public safety officer
• Assault IV
• Attempted theft
• Felon in possession of a firearm
• Attempted theft 1
• Resisting arrest
• Escape II
• Interfering with a police officer
Boyd said Slater was treated and released from the hospital.
Slater has been with the Coos County Sheriff's Office since 2002 with the exception of two years after layoffs in 2007. Sergeant Slater was promoted on July 1. He is currently assigned as a patrol Sergeant and is a K-9 unit. Sergeant Slater's K-9 was not on-duty at the time of the incident.