PENDLETON, Oregon – Two Pendleton police officers were attacked early Sunday morning when they responded to an anonymous report that a man on Southeast 18th Street was acting irrationally. When they arrived, they report that Jason Allen Leis, 34, appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. The officers felt Leis was a danger to himself or others, and contacted his parole officer, who authorized taking Leis into custody. Leis resisted.
“During the course of the altercation with Mr. Leis – trying to take him into custody – two officers were punched in the face,” Lt. Charles Byram said. “They received pain and a little bit of bruising as a result.”
Byram said both officers finished their shifts and are doing fine. Leis continued to resist attempts to arrest him.
“He was taken by ambulance to the Umatilla County Jail on a gurney, because that’s the only way the officers could control him for his safety and theirs,” Byram said.
Police Chief Stuart Roberts wrote in an email that Leis also kicked another officer at the scene and continued to resist once he was at the jail.
“It took the efforts of several jailers, arresting officers, and a state trooper to secure him in the restraint chair used for violent inmates,” Roberts stated.
In addition to being charged with a parole violation, Leis faces two counts of felony assault of a public safety officer and one count of resisting arrest.