He ran twice, jumped once and landed in jail.
Brandon Mandeville, 37, of Cottonwood was on the loose for two days after a hit-and-run incident, running twice from police before ending up on top of a Sedona hotel, where he jumped before finally giving up, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man’s odyssey began around 4 a.m. May 4, after a traffic accident in Camp Verde, in which a van struck a fence and damaged a cable distribution box, officials said. Witnesses reported seeing a man, later identified as Mandeville, exiting the damaged vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies determined Mandeville had been driving on a suspended license. He initially left the scene but was contacted by a deputy, who told him he was being detained.
“Mandeville ran and even though ordered to stop, he continued running out of sight,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
He dropped a backpack before fleeing, and authorities found drug paraphernalia inside, officials said.
From Camp Verde to Sedona
Mandeville was not found by authorities until May 6, around 9:30 p.m., when Sedona police contacted him in a McDonald’s parking lot in that city, sheriff’s officials said.
Again he ran, ending up at a nearby hotel, where he made his way to the roof, officials said.
From there, he got onto a balcony of an occupied guest room. Police told him he was under arrest, but he then tried kicking in the sliding glass door leading to the room. After failing at that, he fled back onto the roof and jumped into a tree, officials said.
He eventually was coaxed out of the tree and arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia. attempted burglary and disorderly conduct, officials said.
Mandeville was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on the charges stemming from both incidents.
A judge later released him on a promise to appear the next day, officials added.
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