Man runs off I-5, tackled by homeowner until deputies arrive - KPTV - FOX 12

Man runs off I-5, tackled by homeowner until deputies arrive

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

A suspect's car broke down and it set off a series of events that left him injured and in jail.

It all started around 6 a.m. Wednesday when Eric Poorman, 37, of Longview, had his car lose power along Interstate 5 near Milepost 35.

Investigators said he took off running from the side of the freeway when a trooper pulled over to help him.

Troopers said he ran through the woods and suffered a gash on his head in the process.

Poorman eventually made it to a home on Old Pacific Highway in Kelso. That home is owned by Bill Williams, who said the suspect showed up at his back door, yelling at his wife to let him inside.

Williams first made Poorman think he had a gun. Then he took him down.

"So I pointed at him like this and said, 'get on the ground,'" Williams said, making a gun gesture with his hand. "As soon as I said get on the ground, he dropped and I went by around here and he noticed I didn't have a gun, so he started to get up and I just ran up and jumped on him."

Williams and his nephew held Poorman on the ground until deputies arrived.

Poorman was taken to the hospital and then handed over to Washington State Patrol troopers. He had an outstanding warrant.

Troopers said while he was brought out of the hospital in handcuffs, he attempted to run away again. This time he did a face-plant in the parking lot.

Troopers said he had to go back inside the hospital for treatment again, before he was successfully put in the patrol car and taken to jail.

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