Sheriff: Deputy hurt arresting man in stolen mail truck

EUGENE, Ore. - A sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries November 10 while trying to arrest a man who was behind the wheel of a stolen Postal Service vehicle, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

A state trooper arrived 14 minutes later and helped the deputy take Daniel Puckett into custody with a shock from a Taser, the sheriff's office said.

During those 14 minutes, the deputy tried to use a baton and pepper spray to take Puckett into custody, the sheriff's office said. The deputy managed to apply one handcuff, but Puckett grabbed the other end and attached it to the steering wheel of the Postal vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

Puckett kicked and swung at the deputy, at one point threatening he had a bomb, the sheriff's office said.

Puckett was arrested on numerous charges:

  • Four counts of Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle
  • Two counts of Resisting Arrest
  • Two counts of Attempted Assault of a Public Safety Officer
  • Menacing
  • Coercion
  • Five counts of Theft 2
  • Two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Attempted Escape 1
  • Attempt Elude by Vehicle

The deputy booked Puckett into the Lane County Jail - for a second time that week.

On November 6, Puckett was booked into the Lane County Jail after allegedly starting a fire in a jail cell in Cottage Grove.