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Umatilla man with warrants charged again with resisting

Michael James Bright

A man sought for failing to appear in court on resisting arrest charges allegedly put up another fight with the deputy who detained him recently in Weirsdale.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy stationed along S.E. Hwy. 42 observed a green Ford Explorer heading west while towing a trailer. The deputy observed 41-year-old Michael Bright, of 14201 S.E. 205th Ct. in Umatilla, in the passenger seat and had personal knowledge that Bright has three active warrants in the county, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy pulled over the vehicle in the 12200 block of S.E. Hwy. 42. While approaching the vehicle, he observed Bright sitting in the front passenger seat. The deputy told Bright he had three warrants for his arrest and to exit the vehicle, but Bright responded he was not going to get out of the truck, the report said.

There deputy spent about eight minutes giving repeated verbal commands for Bright to get out of the vehicle, and Bright said he wasn’t going to get out until the deputy showed him the warrants. The deputy said he was unable to provide paper copies of the warrants, according to the report.

After several more commands to exit the vehicle, Bright reached over, grabbed the front passenger door handle, opened the door and got out of the truck. He refused a command to place his hands behind his back and tensed up his muscles to prevent the deputy from placing him in handcuffs, the report said.

The deputy was finally able to handcuff Bright and place him in the back of the patrol car. Bright was charged with three counts of resisting arrest and a single count of failure to appear for driving without a license, according to the report.

Bright was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released on $7,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 6.

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