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Wanted man drives into Oregon jail

Feb. 24, 2002 at 4:07 PM   |   Comments

CANYON CITY, Ore., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The manhunt for an Oregon double-homicide suspect came to an abrupt end Saturday night when Almerson "Willie" Hinton drove his pickup truck through the doors of the Grant County Jail and then waited to be arrested.

Hinton, 45, surrendered without resistance after he drove up the wheelchair ramp and into a hallway of the jail in Canyon City, then backed out, parked his car in a nearby lot and got out of the vehicle as if to inspect his handiwork, the Portland Oregonian said Sunday.

"It put all of my inmates and employees at risk," groused Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

No one was injured although the pickup took out a soda machine inside the jail.

Hinton was being sought by dozens of law enforcement officers for a week following the shooting deaths of his parents and a car chase during which several shots were fired and an Oregon State Police detective was wounded. A pistol and a World War II-era M1 rifle were found in the cab.

Hinton disappeared into the woods where authorities feared his skill as a woodsman would allow him to elude capture for a long period of time.

Palmer told the Oregonian that Hinton's ex-wife, Cindy Sue Hinton, had been booked into the jail earlier in the day on a parole violation stemming from a bad check charge by state troopers who were hoping to draw Hinton into the open.

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