Chase in Gresham, Portland ends in attempted murder arrest
A suspect in an attempted murder case was arrested after the man flew from the authorities up and down the streets of East Portland and Gresham, police say.
Dustin Clifford Dean Melbourne was already wanted in connection to a recent shooting in Southeast Portland when officers spotted his grey Dodge Charger and initiated a traffic stop near the corner of Southeast 163rd Avenue and Division Street around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, according to a news release.
The 33-year-old local man drove away at a "high rate of speed," police say, sparking a pursuit that had officers laying down spike strips and attempting to ram his car off the road as Melbourne continued to elude capture.
Police say he damaged public and private property during his "attempted flight from justice," including a fence at North Powellhurst School, located at 1400 S.E. 135th Avenue.
In a broadcast describing the "wild chase" by our media partner, KOIN 6 News, the station reported that Melbourne probably piloted his vehicle onto a bike path at North Powellhurst Park, threading his way through the wooded area and onto a baseball diamond before busting through a chain-link fence at the school, leaving a broken lock and car parts behind.
Eventually, police say Melbourne crashed his car near the intersection of 181st Avenue and East Burnside Street, then ran from the wreck as officers from Portland, Gresham and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were closing in.
He was taken into custody in the 18400 block of Northeast Couch Street, police say, and was arrested under suspicion of committing 29 crimes, including two counts of attempted murder, seven counts of reckless driving, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and one count each of third-degree robbery, second-degree animal abuse and first-degree criminal mischief.
He's been convicted of at least 10 felonies, seven misdemeanors and 11 parole violations, according to court records, beginning when he was 19 years old. He was previously charged with attempting to elude police in October, 2016, again in August, 2016 and in 2014 and 2005.
Booking records describe him as a transient or as living in an apartment in Portland. Melbourne is currently incarcerated at Inverness Jail in Portland.