Police take suspect from roof

Derek Stephen Bumgardner

MONMOUTH -- A Dallas man was arrested after a vehicle and foot chase ended in a 3 1/2-hour standoff with police officers atop a roof in a south Monmouth neighborhood on Friday.

At one point, law enforcement officers turned a fire hose on Derek Stephen Bumgardner, 31, in an effort to get him to come down, said Monmouth Sgt. Kim Dorn.

"The hose was on low pressure," Dorn said. "In no way did we want him to fall off."

Bumgardner was taken into custody at about 7:45 a.m. on Friday and transported to Salem Hospital to check for injury or hypothermia.

He was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, criminal mischief, trespassing, disorderly conducting and driving under the influence of intoxicants, among other crimes.

The incident began at 2 a.m., when a homeowner in the 8600 block of Helmick Road called to report a suspicious vehicle. Monmouth Police located the vehicle, driven by Bumgardner, and attempted to stop him, Dorn said.

He fled onto Highway 99W, turned on Madrona Street and eventually ended up crashing in the yard of a home at the intersection of Edwards Road and Ballard Drive.

Bumgardner then fled on foot for a block, and managed to climb onto the roof of a one-story home in the 400 block of Edwards Road, Dorn said.

"We asked (the occupants) to leave the home for their safety," Dorn said.

Bumgardner didn't say anything as he paced and ignored commands to come down while temperatures dipped into the low 30s. Officers shot bean bag rounds at Bumgardner, but that was uneffective, Dorn said.

At about 6:45 a.m, Polk County's special response team commandeered a fire hose from a Polk County Fire District No. 1 truck to douse Bumgardner, Dorn said.

"It was to make Bumgardner uncomfortable so he would come off of the roof on his own," Dorn said. "It was also used to thaw the roof so SRT members could safely walk on it.

"The hose wasn't on full force; knocking him off the house was exactly what we didn't want," she added.

In the end, officers had to climb the roof to apprehend Bumgardner. Dorn said the arrest took place without a struggle.

"But he gave no reason to the chase or why he was on the roof," she said. "He didn't make any statements."

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