Former deputy jailed after leaving home

Former deputy jailed after leaving home »Play Video
Brandon Claggett, right, talks with a sheriff's deputy and an unknown person Friday morning next to a patrol car.

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Authorities took a former Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy into custody early Friday after an alert went out because his court-ordered electronic monitoring device was disabled.

Brandon Claggett was lodged in the Clackamas County jail for violating his release agreement pending trial on charges relating to a domestic dispute and standoff in Oregon City in April. He is accused of holding his estranged wife at gunpoint. A judge allowed him to remain at home while awaiting his trial but ordered him to wear the monitoring bracelet.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the GPS device transmitted a tamper alarm Friday, and deputies were asked to check Claggett's Oregon City home about 4:30 a.m. They found Claggett gone along with his pickup, prompting officials to issue an alert in which authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous. His son was also believed to be with him.

Shortly after 5 a.m., deputies spotted Claggett's pickup in the Sandy/Boring area and stopped him, the sheriff's office said. His son was returned to his mother unharmed. The man was expected to appear in court on Monday. In the meantime, he was being held at the jail on $100,000 bond.

Claggett, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office, resigned from the force in October 2008 following accusations that he inappropriately touched a 20-year-old woman who was on a ridealong with him. The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office declined to charge him, however.