Dangerous escapee from Oregon State Hospital captured after getting stuck in mud for 12 hours
PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – An escaped inmate described as “extremely dangerous” has been captured after getting stuck in mud for 12 hours on Friday.
Christopher Lee Pray, 39, escaped custody from the Oregon State Hospital at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a spokesperson for the hospital, Pray was admitted to the OSH on Wednesday. That evening, he was in an “altercation” with another patient and needed to be taken to a local emergency department for medical care.
Firefighters captured this video of the rescue:
When he was brought back to OSH after the ER visit, the spokesperson said he “was able to gain control of the van and drive away.” According to court documents, the employee parked the van at an entrance of the OSH and got out, intending to help Pray out of the van. It was at this point Pray was able to get into the driver’s seat and drive away.
During his escape, Pray was in full restraints, including leg shackles, belly chain and handcuffs.
At 8:17 a.m. Friday, the Portland Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a possible body in a pond, at North Force Avenue and North Victory Boulevard, in Portland.
Crews arrived and learned the person was still alive, but was stuck in the mud, approximately 75 feet from firm ground, and was buried up to their armpits.
After an hour-long rescue, Pray was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for evaluation where he gave a fake name, however, an employee of the hospital realized he resembled Christopher Pray.
After contacting Portland police, the man was confirmed to be Pray and was taken into custody.
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