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A young driver on marijuana blew a stoplight on MLK Blvd and smashed into a police car

It was an unhappy early Friday the 13th for an impaired young driver and the police car that driver hit.

At 1:28 a.m., on Martin Luther King Blvd at S.E. Clay Street, a Central Precinct officer was injured when a SUV crashed into his patrol vehicle.

It happened as a Central Precinct officer drove his marked patrol vehicle eastbound on S.E. Clay Street. As the officer drove across MLK Boulevard, the driver of a Jeep Liberty traveling southbound failed to stop for a red light and crashed into the officer's patrol squad car.

Immediately after the crash, the officer requested additional officers and emergency medical responders to the location to assist with the driver of the other vehicle.

When emergency medical personnel arrived they determined the driver of the Jeep did not sustain injuries in the crash; the officer was hurt, and was transported to an area hospital in another patrol car, and was released after treatment.

Based on information learned during the investigatio,n officers believe the driver of the Jeep was driving under the influence of marijuana.

The suspect in the crash was identified as 27-year-old Shelby A. Ratliff. Ratliff was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of DUII -- Marijuana, and Reckless Driving.

Subsequently, a Portland Police spokesperson observed to THE BEE that, "The Police Bureau investigated 1,030 incidents in the City of Portland in which a person was arrested for Driving Under the Influence during the 12 months between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018. There were 172 reported victims of Driving Under the Influence during the same time period.

"The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division has investigated 10 fatal crashes in 2018, three of those crashes are believed to involve impairment."

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