Hillsboro police, suspect knock vehicles before arrest
A Beaverton man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly rammed a police car, tried to run over an officer, and eluded attempts to stop him even after the stolen vehicle he was driving was disabled early Saturday morning, Dec. 18, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Police say Travis Johnson, 28, was found inside a vehicle that had been reported stolen at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Southeast 13th Street just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
After spotting the officer approaching him, Johnson backed up and struck the officer's patrol car, according to Hillsboro police.
Police said Johnson attempted to run over the officer, whose name has not been released, then led police on a chase.
To stop the vehicle Johnson was driving, police said, officers deployed two spike strips and finally used what law enforcement agencies refer to as a police intervention technique, or PIT, in which a police vehicle deliberately strikes the bumper of a suspect vehicle to cause it to lose control and spin out.
Johnson then allegedly got out of the disabled vehicle and fled into heavy blackberry cover in the area of Northeast Brookwood Parkway and Veterans Drive. Officers giving chase were injured by the thorny vines, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Hillsboro police deployed K-9 Tuco to track and locate Johnson, who was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail.
Johnson is facing multiple felony charges, including second-degree attempted assault, attempting to elude police, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.
Court records show Johnson is also facing charges stemming from separate incidents, including allegedly giving false information to a police officer, as well as first-degree theft and second-degree burglary. Those cases are also pending in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
As for Saturday's arrest, it represents a confluence in Hillsboro police's use of tracking tools — both electronic and organic.
The reported stolen vehicle in which Johnson was allegedly found Saturday morning was located using the LoJack tracking system, police say. Johnson himself was reportedly located by Tuco, a police dog trained to track down suspects who might otherwise be able to elude human law enforcement officers.
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