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Man held in SE 82 Avenue bike hit-and-run

Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Leodan Juarez BeltonA 49-year-old Clackamas man was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist on Southeast 82nd Avenue just south of King Road.

Leodan Juarez Belton is charged with felony hit and run.

The bicyclist, Robert B. Hyer, 30, was treated at an area hospital for what police described as minor injuries.

According to the Oregon State Police, at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 26, Hyer was riding a bicycle in the bike lane southbound along Southeast 82nd Avenue. As Hyer began passing the entry to a gas station on the west side of the road, a Ford pickup driven by Belton turned into the gas station and struck Hyer, knocking him to the ground.

Belton checked on Hyer, went into the gas station store and purchased ice, and then left in the pickup when he heard the sirens of emergency responders coming to the scene. A Clackamas Fire District No. 1 firefighter provided the suspect's vehicle license plate information to a responding OSP trooper.

OSP and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the registered owner's home in the area of Southeast 157th Avenue and Sunnyside Road. Officers confirmed who was driving the vehicle, but it wasn't at the house.

Officers started driving in the area looking for the pickup when an OSP sergeant found it abandoned in a parking lot at Southeast 147th Avenue and Sunnyside Road.

At about 4:15 p.m., a CCSO deputy spotted Belton walking to his home and detained him.