Multi-agency pursuit results in arrest of attempted-murder suspect
On Saturday May 5, 31-year-old Dustin Clifford Melbourne was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges --after leading police on a traffic pursuit across Southeast Portland and Gresham. Melbourne was slated to be arraigned on nearly two dozen charges, including Attempted Murder, in connection with a recent shooting in Southeast Portland.
At approximately 10:45 on the morning of Cinco de Mayo, officers spotted a grey Dodge Charger they knew to be associated with Melbourne, in the area of S.E. 163rd Avenue and Division Street.
A traffic stop was initiated, but Melbourne fled from officers, driving away at a high rate of speed. Several vehicle intervention strategies were attempted, including the use of Spike Strips and the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), but Melbourne continued to elude capture.
During this pursuit, he damaged public and private property, including some fencing near North Powellhurst School on S.E. 135th Avenue.
Eventually, Melbourne crashed his car in the area of 181st and East Burnside Street. Then he ran from the vehicle, only to be located and taken into custody in the 18400 block of N.E. Couch Street. He was then booked into the Multnomah County detection facility.
Portland Police were assisted in the pursuit and apprehension in this case by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and by the Gresham Police Department.