Montana fugitive released from hospital, arrested
A man who was a wanted fugitive from Montana, and pointed a firearm at Oregon State Police troopers earlier this month, was released from a local hospital and promptly placed under arrest.
Dale Wallace, 30 from Butte, Mont., was involved in a standoff with Oregon State Police in Lincoln City on Jan. 3. After fleeing a vehicle on foot, Wallace allegedly pointed a firearm at officers, whereupon he was struck by an OSP marked patrol car.
Wallace was being treated Oregon Health and Science University for injuries sustained in the incident. After being released on Tuesday, he was arrested by OSP and lodged at the Multnomah County Justice Center as a Fugitive from Justice based upon an outstanding warrant out of Montana related to a robbery investigation.
Newport Police Department is leading the multi-agency investigation by the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team (MCT) in conjunction with the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office into the events surrounding the Jan. 3, incident. Once the separate and mandatory investigation into the use of force by the OSP trooper is completed by the Lincoln County MCT, it will be forwarded to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office for review.
Investigators are asking that any witnesses to the events that occurred on January 3rd to please contact Newport Police Department's recorded tip line at (541) 574-5455 and leave a message with contact information. Investigators will review and contact potential witnesses during the next several days.