California man arrested after attempting to break into a home near Myrtle Point

Christopher Decia (Coos County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

MYRTLE POINT, Ore. -- A California man was arrested Saturday near Myrtle Point after police say he attempted to break into a home before eluding deputies.

According to Coos County Sheriff's Office, on August 4 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Old Broadbent Road near Myrtle Point regarding a dispute.

The 9-1-1 caller said an intoxicated man had broken out a window and was trying to gain entry into the residence.

A Myrtle Point Police officer responded first and the man fled prior to his arrival.

When deputies arrived, they learned the man had fled towards the South Fork Coquille River and was soon found hiding in brush on the bank. He was ordered to come out with his hands visible, but instead fled into the river.

The man, later identified as 29-year-old Christopher Decia of Oakley, Calif., was told he was under arrest for interfering with a peace officer, but he ran towards the opposite bank. Other responding officers searched for Decia on the northern bank, but were unable to find him.

Later in the evening, deputies were again called back to the location. The responding deputy parked his vehicle away from the residence and walked to the house, finding Decia standing on the front porch of the home.

The deputy ordered him to the ground and exhibited his taser, "which encouraged the man to follow the directions," the sheriff's office said. "However, while on the ground, Decia spit on the deputy. Decia was ultimately taken into custody, but remained resistive throughout the encounter."

Decia was transported to the Coos County Jail where he was turned over jail staff.

He was lodged on charges of Aggravated Harassment (for spitting on the deputy) , Interfering with a Peace Officer (for originally not obeying a lawful order) and Escape III (for fleeing after being told he was under arrest).

The charges of Criminal Mischief III, Harassment and Criminal Trespass II from the original 9-1-1 call will be referred to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Myrtle Point and Coquille police departments.

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