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Two police cars struck Saturday

Two Portland police cars were struck and damaged by other cars Saturday. Both drivers were arrested.

No one was hurt in either incident.

The most recent incident happened when the driver of a stolen car tried to flee from police.

Scott Thomas Petersen, 23, was arrested on multiple charges including outstanding warrants, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempt to elude, criminal mischief I, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

According to police, at approximately 8:39 a.m. on Dec. 7, an East Precinct officer observed a stolen vehicle pull into the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant in the area of Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The officer requested cover and pulled in behind the vehicle.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as Petersen, attempted to flee by backing into the patrol car, driving forward into the vehicle in front of him and then driving over the curb. The vehicle did not clear the curb and became stuck, however.

The driver them fled the scene on foot. Officers established a perimeter and began a search for the suspect using a K-9. After an extensive search, officers located the driver hiding on the roof of a nearby apartment complex.

Earlier in the day, Christina E. Reed, 26, was arrested on DUII and reckless driving charges after hitting an unoccupied police car.

According to police, at approximately 12:42 p.m. on Dec. 7, an unoccupied police vehicle was struck by a suspected intoxicated driver in the area of Southeast 170th Avenue and Southeast Haig Street.

The officer using the vehicle was out of his car, speaking with an unrelated subject, when he heard a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed. The officer was able to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, which side-swiped the parked police car.

The suspect vehicle traveled a short distance before stopping. Officers contacted the driver, later identified as Reed, who was ultimately arrested.