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Police say 19-year-old Austin Schnell drove off, then crashed into another car after an officer tried to pull him over.

COURTESY PHOTO - Austin SchnellA 19-year-old is facing multiple felony charges after he fired several shots into a parked car, then attempted to evade police before crashing into another vehicle, injuring its occupants, Hillsboro police said Friday evening, Jan. 10.

Austin Schnell was arrested after crashing a Subaru Outback into a Toyota 4Runner at the intersection of East Main Street and Northeast Century Boulevard, on the south side of the Orenco neighborhood, on Friday evening, according to police.

Police said they originally responded to reports that a man armed with a pistol fired several shots into a parked car at the Quatama Crossing apartment complex, in the 600 block of Northeast Autumncreek Way, just after 4 p.m.

The parked car was not occupied at the time, and no one was injured by gunfire, according to police.

The suspect reportedly drove off in a Subaru Outback. After a Hillsboro police officer pulled the suspect vehicle over near the intersection of East Main Street and Southeast Borwick Street, the car sped off as he got out of his patrol car, according to police.

After the Subaru crashed into the Toyota about half a mile to the west, police said, officers found a pistol in the suspect vehicle and arrested Schnell, the Subaru's driver. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

There were three passengers in the Subaru at the time of the crash. None were injured, nor was Schnell, police said.

The woman driving the Toyota and her adult male passenger were transported to the hospital with injuries police characterized as non-life-threatening.

Schnell is a resident of Albany. His relationship to the other occupants of the Subaru has not been disclosed.

Schnell faces charges of first-degree criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, attempting to elude police, reckless driving and fourth-degree assault, as well as four criminal counts of recklessly endangering, according to Hillsboro police. He has not yet been arraigned.

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