Truck thief smashes police car at 60th and Harney
Early Tuesday morning, February 6, at 5:19 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to perform a welfare check on a man near S.E. 60th Avenue at Harney Street.
Officers arrived in the area and began looking for the man described by the caller. While looking for him, they discovered several cars that appeared to have been broken into.
As the officers investigated the car prowls, they came across an occupied Ford Escape near the prowled vehicles. Officers attempted to contact its occupant -- with violent results.
While still inside their patrol vehicle, and prior to approaching the driver of the vehicle, that driver crashed into a parked vehicle and the officers' patrol car -- then left the area in the Ford. The officers were not able to pursue the fleeing vehicle because their patrol car was disabled as a result of the crash. The officers broadcast information about the crash and the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run.
Additional officers responded, searched the area, and four the unoccupied Ford Escape near S.E. Malden Drive and Harney Drive. A K-9 team searched the neighborhood, but at that time, the hit and run suspect was not located.
During the investigation, officers learned the Ford Escape was a reported stolen vehicle. Officers do not believe the original "welfare check" call is related to the prowled cars, or the hit and run involving the officers and their patrol car.
One of the two officers in the unit at the time of the crash sustained a minor injury, and was treated at the scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503/823-3333.