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Deputies arrest man accused of opening fire on dirt biker near Washougal

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A Clark County man is accused of opening fire on a dirt biker who was riding on his property.

Deputies said it happened at 4:20 p.m. Sunday near Jones Creek, which is just outside of Washougal.

Darrin K. Diegel, 47, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon on the charge of second-degree assault. 

The biker tells FOX 12 he was aware the land was private property, but he thought it was state owned. 

He was riding back to his truck with his friend and his friend’s 7-year-old daughter when he says he noticed Diegel hop out of the bushes.

“I clearly saw him, he was about 400 feet away from me holding a big caliber weapon,” said biker Jered Parker. “He was firing it one-handed sideways, so that’s when I saw it recoiling up, and that’s when I pulled the brake on my bike and dove to the ground.”

“I feel lucky I wasn’t hurt,” he added.

The whole thing was caught on a camera, mounted to Parker's helmet. 

In the video you can see Diegel as he approaches Parker in an apparent rage, yelling at him to get off his property. 

At that point, Parker tells FOX 12 he decided to make a break for it. 

"I had my friend and his daughter hide in trees for a while, I heard him start his 4-wheeler and start to proceed toward us, but then I heard him turn around.  I started up my bike to go as fast as I could the other way, to get cell service," said Parker.  

Parker says he called 911, and deputies later showed up to escort him back to his truck, parked by Diegel's property. 

After investigating the case and reviewing Parker's video, deputies say there was enough evidence to arrest Diegel. 

Diegel was booked into the Clark County Jail Wednesday night, and is due to make his first court appearance Thursday morning. 

State records show he has no prior criminal history.

Parker tells FOX 12 he believes Diegel should face more serious charges, in light of what he's being accused of. 

"He fired 4,5, or 6 shots on the video you can hear him," said Parker. "With that caliber weapon, that would have killed me."

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