DRCI's escapee caught in Portland


Standing outside Pioneer Courthouse

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clinton Orvill Swearingen IIMore than a month after his escape from Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, Clinton Orvill Swearingen II, 31, is back in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Swearingen climbed over the 14-foot, razor wire-topped fence at DRCI at about 9:20 p.m. on May 4, stole a neighbor's vehicle, and then ditched the pickup and his bloody clothes in Madras before escaping the next morning.

According to the Oregonian newspaper, Federal Protective Service officers, who protect federal buildings, saw Swearingen outside Pioneer Courthouse on Friday, with his backpack, leaning against a wall. Concerned about the backpack, officers approached him and asked for his identification, but instead, Swearingen ran.

The FPS officers caught him at Southwest Fourth and Alder streets in Portland, and arrested him at 7:36 p.m. on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, failure to obey a police officer, and resisting arrest.

At the Justice Center Jail in Portland, they learned that he was wanted for escaping from DRCI.

Before his escape, Swearingen had been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since Feb. 4, on one count of first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree burglary, and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Linn County. His earliest release date was Dec. 10, 2017.