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Driver hits MCSO deputy head-on Sunday, Sept. 11, eludes arrest fleeing into Mt. Hood Community College

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - A driver hit a deputy head-on during a traffic safety mission Sunday, Sept. 11.During a traffic public safety mission, in which multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to stop dangerous driving, a speeding car smashed into a Multnomah County Sheriff's Department vehicle.

The hit-and-run crash happened Sunday, Sept. 11, near Mt. Hood Community College. Around 1:45 a.m. a deputy spotted a black sedan driving at a high rate of speed and swerving through lanes of traffic. While attempting to stop the dangerous driver, the sedan accelerated and turned toward the deputy's car, hitting it head-on. The suspect got out of the vehicle and ran into the MHCC campus, where he eluded arrest.

Neither the deputy nor K9 officer inside the hit patrol vehicle were injured.

"I'm grateful that our deputy and K9 were not hurt as a result of this suspect's reckless and careless actions," said Sheriff Mike Reese. "Missions, such as these, interrupt violence and deter criminal activity, and they have made a positive impact in the communities we serve, and we will continue the missions into the future."

That Sunday was a successful mission despite the hit-and-run. The MCSO and Gresham Police Department conducted 45 traffic stops, made five arrests, and seized one firearm.

The Enhanced Public Safety Initiatives were first launched in April. It is a data-driven violence reduction strategy focused on reckless driving, speeding, impairment, gun violence and violent crime — and the missions have been focused in East Multnomah County.

In total there have been 276 traffic stops, 61 arrests, nine recovered stolen vehicles, two recovered firearms, and deputies able to save a person's life by reversing a drug overdose.

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