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DUII suspect hits two police cars before being caught

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL - LANNINGA drunk-driving suspect could not get away from pursuing Lake Oswego police, but she did ram two LOPD vehicles during a short chase early on Monday morning.

Mary Elizabeth Lanning, 39, of Portland, was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of attempting to elude a police officer, DUII, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, hit and run (property) and criminal mischief.

The incident started at 12:45 a.m. when a police officer observed a female subject, who appeared to be intoxicated, walking out of the Gemini Bar and Grill on 456 N. State St. The officer followed the woman, later identified as Lanning, into the parking lot of Rite-Aid on 90 B Ave., where her car was parked. The officer attempted to call someone so she would not have to drive while intoxicated, but police said she started her Jeep Cherokee and backed it across the parking lot where it rammed the officer’s patrol car before fleeing the parking lot.

The suspect led police on a slow chase down State Street, and at one point drove on the wrong side of A Avenue.

Officers used the Pursuit Intervention Technique to stop the driver before she could injure someone. However, during the process, police said she rammed her vehicle into two police cars, including again the car of the original officer.

Officers were forced to use pepper spray to get her out of her vehicle, and she was taken into custody without further incident. Lanning refused to take a breath test, then was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

No one was injured in the pursuit. One police car sustained moderate damage, another minor damage.




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