Police make arrest after officer dragged during traffic stop
Washington County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they say dragged a North Plains police officer several feet and ran over his foot and during a traffic stop last week.
William Callaway, 32, of Aloha was arrested Monday, Jan. 21. Callaway faces charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering. third-degree assault, giving false information to a police officer, eluding in a vehicle and failing to perform the duties of a driver.
According to North Plains Police Chief Jesse Baker, two officers from North Plains were traveling along Highway 26 toward Beaverton as part of an investigation at about 5:07 p.m., Jan. 15, when the officers spotted a blue 1990 Honda Accord driving recklessly.
Officers pulled the vehicle over near Northwest 185th Avenue and approached the vehicle and asked for identification. Baker said the driver of the vehicle gave the officer a false name and date of birth. Upon discovering the deceit, one of the officers attempted to arrest the driver for providing false information and reckless driving, but the driver sped off from the scene, dragging one of the police officers about 10 feet and knocking him to the ground.
The vehicle ran over the officer's foot as it sped away at a high rate of speed, Baker said.
The two officers were able to get back to their vehicle and pursue the fleeing Honda, which sped down Highway 26 in the emergency lane without its headlines on, Baker said. The officers stopped chasing the vehicle "due to safety reasons and heavy traffic" near Southwest Murray Boulevard, Baker said, and lost sight of the vehicle.
The injured officer was treated for minor injuries at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and was later released.
Callaway was arrested after authorities were called to the 2000 block of Southwest 209th Court in Aloha. Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office were told Callaway had stolen a family member's wallet and ran from the home.
Deputies and a Hillsboro K-9 team searched the area and located hom near Southwest 198th Avene and Alexander Street, where he was arrested.
In addition to the charges stemming from the Jan. 15 incident, Callaway is also charged with third-degree theft from Monday's alleged robbery. Callaway also has an outstanding warrant from Clackamas County.