A note asking for forgiveness led to a man being sentenced to more than four years in prison after stealing multiple cars throughout Multnomah County and ultimately crashing into a police SUV while fleeing law enforcement.
Vanbueren Dormaier, 33, pleaded guilty Friday, Nov. 8, to four counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, and a misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants.
In total, the eight counts encompassed three separate criminal cases involving Dormaier, who was sentenced to 52 months in prison in the Multnomah County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
"(Dormaier) put the public in extraordinary danger the three times he fled from police in these stolen vehicles," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Alexander Garcia, who prosecuted this case. "Our community members are substantially inconvenienced when their vehicles are stolen. Often — even when someone's vehicle is recovered — the vehicle is so badly damaged that it is deemed totaled or no longer safe to operate."
The first case involving Dormaier took place on Nov. 13, 2018, when a woman reported her vehicle had been stolen in the area of Southeast 151st Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. The thief left behind a note that read, "Hope you won't be angry with me."
Police said that note led to discovering Dormaier's identity, as it was written on paperwork from Clackamas County Circuit Court. His identification card was also located nearby.
Four days later, another community member reported his vehicle had been stolen from the 3600 block of Northeast 162nd Avenue. That same day, Portland Police responded to a t-bone crash involving the stolen car near the intersection of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street. Dormaier was found in the driver's seat of the stolen vehicle, and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. He had high levels of amphetamines and THC in his system.
On April 12, 2019, an officer ran the plate of a car in Southeast Portland that was discovered to be stolen. When the officer attempted to conduct a stop, Dormaier sped off into oncoming traffic.
Several hours later, the stolen car was found abandoned. Portland Police Officers found Dormaier nearby, but he stole another car and attempted to flee, ramming a police patrol SUV. An officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. Dormaier then backed up and rammed two parked vehicles before once again driving into oncoming traffic.
Law enforcement found him later in the area of Southeast 119th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, where he was taken into custody.
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