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Santa Ysabel - Deputy injured, Offender Arrested


Last updated 5/1/2017 at 9:56am

Patrick Delane Clay, 29 and the subject of several arrest warrants is back behind bars following a pursuit through a wooded area on the Santa Ysabel Indian Reservation. A Sheriff's deputy was injured in a SUV crash during the chase which also involved a sheriff's department helicopter and several other deputies according to Sgt. Brian Jenkins.

Someone spotted Clay, allegedly carrying a baseball bat, near the reservation's health clinic on School House Canyon Road before calling the sheriff's department to report the suspicious activity. The caller told dispatchers that deputies had been out searching for the same man the day before, according to sheriff's.

Jenkins states that deputies recognized the name and knew Clay had at least one active felony warrant for his arrest and was out on parole. Deputies

arrived on the scene as Clay was running out of the clinic and headed into a heavily wooded area where he eluded deputies for about an hour, although he remained visible from the helicopter.

A deputy who was being directed toward Clay's location apparently lost control of his patrol SUV, which rolled over, causing the lawman minor injuries, Jenkins said. The deputy was taken to a hospital and Clay was eventually cornered and taken into custody with the help of a sheriff's department dog. He was also taken to a hospital, and upon his release, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of violating the terms of his parole and resisting arrest, according to Jenkins and jail records.

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