Welfare check leads to confrontation
A man is on the run from Gresham police officers after a welfare check turned into a confrontation on Monday morning, March 25.
Officers responded to the corner of Northeast 162nd Avenue and Wasco Street after receiving multiple reports of people passed out inside a running white vehicle. Upon arriving, police found a man and woman in a stolen car with no license plates.
Based on video footage shot by a neighbor and submitted to KOIN 6 News, three police cars blocked the vehicle, whose front seats were occupied by a man and woman. An officer can be heard repeatedly telling the man in the driver's seat to put the car in park. But the video shows the driver backing up into one of the police cruisers and driving forward into a second patrol car, before taking off through someone's front yard.
"We didn't pursue, but it did crash on 160th and Burnside," Officer Ben Costigan, a spokesman with the Gresham Department, told KOIN, an Outlook news partner. "The two people in the car ended up fleeing."
Gresham police caught the woman in the passenger seat, though she hasn't been arrested and is not facing charges. Investigators are still seeking the man, but not releasing his name, noting that the suspect has several outstanding arrest warrants.
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