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Rattlesnake bite prompts Idaho man on the run from police to call 911, Oregon cops say

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 13:05:13-04

This article was written by Maddie Capron of the Idaho Statesman.

A man who was wanted in Idaho called police after he was bitten by a rattlesnake, officials said. He ended up arrested.

Ryan Paul Henry, 33, got lost in Hells Canyon and tried to find his way when he came upon a rattlesnake, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon said Friday in a news release.

“On October 8, 2020 at approximately 6:57 p.m., Baker County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from an adult male stating that he was lost in the Hells Canyon area, was on foot, and had been bitten by a rattlesnake,” the sheriff’s office said.

Henry gave officials a fake name, police said. He was later identified as Henry, who had a felony warrant out of Idaho.

“As the Baker County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team was preparing to respond, the decision to cancel the search and rescue mission was made based on the discovery of the warrant and the subject’s history with law enforcement,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff, six deputies and a U.S. Forest Service official responded to the area, and two boats were launched in the Snake River to search for Henry, officials said.

Shortly after 10 p.m., the officials found Henry, and after being assessed by paramedics, he was arrested without incident and taken to the Baker County Jail.