An escaped inmate who was the focus of a manhunt lasting for days in Portland told police he ran away to help his family, according to court documents.
Investigators said Scott Michael Smith, 25, was part of a work crew cleaning up streets in northeast Portland on Thursday when he stole an ODOT truck that was left running in the area.
The truck was found a short time later, but Smith got away.
Deputies asked for the public’s help tracking him down and a reward was offered for information leading to his arrest.
Smith was found at 2 a.m. Saturday at an apartment on the 16400 block of Northeast Glisan Street in Gresham.
Deputies said Smith’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Codie Ann Corbit, was also arrested on the charge of hindering prosecution.
When he was arrested, Smith told deputies, “I know I ran away but I did it to help my family,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
No other details were released regarding this case.
Smith was arrested on initial charges of escape and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Smith was serving a 90-day parole violation sanction on an original charge of identity theft when he escaped, according to deputies.
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