Fleeing driver splinters utility pole on SE 72nd
Electrical power went out to a number of homes in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood at about 5:15 a.m. on Friday morning, September 8, when a speeding white 1992 Honda Accord four-door sedan sheared off a wooden utility pole at the intersection of S.E. 72nd Avenue and Knight Street.
The vehicle was westbound on S.E Knight Street, and as it crossed 72nd Avenue, the driver left the street at high speed, and smashed the pole with such force that the vehicle's airbags were set off.
For details, THE BEE consulted Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley: "An officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding through the neighborhood; the vehicle crashed as the officer attempted to stop it. After the car crash, the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Troy Michael Siri, attempted to depart. The officer pursued the subject on foot, and took him into custody."
Mr. Siri was taken to a local hospital for medical assessment, because of severity of his crash with airbag deployment, but didn't he stay there long.
At 8:17 a.m. the same morning Siri was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Third degree Escape, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Second Degree Criminal Mischief, and Reckless Driving.
After his arraignment in Multnomah County Court that morning, the judge set Siri free until his trial, "Released on his Own Recognizance".