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Monique Cortez-Munos faces bevy of charges after fleeing officers following a joy ride in a postal truck

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - The damaged mail truck was recovered after a woman stole it Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3A woman was arrested after stealing a U.S. Postal Service truck Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, and taking it on a joyride that led to a crash with a bus and a foot pursuit with law enforcement.

Monique Cortez-Munos faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, mail theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Monique Cortez-MunosAt 12:15 p.m. Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers responded to the 16000 block of Southeast Alder Street after learning of the stolen truck. As Cortez-Munos was allegedly speeding away, she hit a TriMet bus near Northeast Wasco Street and Northeast 162nd Avenue. Three people were on the bus, including the driver, at the time of the crash. The passengers weren't hurt, while the the driver, though not seriously injured, requested medical help.

Officers eventually found the damaged truck and attempted to make a traffic stop. Police said due to Cortez-Munos erratic driving, the truck flipped and crashed near Northeast 155th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street. The shirtless suspect then fled on foot, where she was eventually taken into custody 12 blocks later.

Neither officers nor Cortez-Munos were injured, police said. Police allege she was under some form of intoxicant, and was transported to a local hospital.

The Gresham Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspector are assisting with the investigation.


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