Illegal U-turn forces car into 82nd Avenue IHOP
Southbound traffic on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses was backed up near Liebe Street starting a little after 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, by a smash-up that caused one vehicle to careen against the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) building located there.
Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and a Portland Fire & Rescue crew responded to the IHOP at 4931 S.E. 82nd, a bit south of Holgate Boulevard, after numerous calls to 9-1-1 reported that a car had driven over the sidewalk and into the building.
Emergency first responders found a black Volvo four-door sedan popped up over the curb and across the sidewalk, into the bushes near the IHOP's front door. The car had been stopped before penetrating the building itself by a number of prudently-placed large decorative rocks.
While emergency medical personnel tended to the Volvo's driver, who was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for medical evaluation, a flatbed tow truck quickly scooped up the other car involved, a Chevrolet Cobalt, to clear the wreck and get traffic moving again.
"Reportedly the driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt performed an illegal U-turn, and the Volvo crashed into the Cobalt," later explained Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley. "After the cars collided, the Volvo did leave the street, and was stopped by a boulder in front of the IHOP. The driver's injury is believed to be non-life-threatening."
The driver of the Chevy, apparently not significantly hurt, was cited for the illegal maneuver. And inside the restaurant, customers resumed eating pancakes.