Officer injured when Oregon City suspect rams police car
Oregon City officers fired shots at a suspect who drove his vehicle into a marked police car on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Just after 8:45 a.m., several Oregon City officers responded to the 15900 block of Moss Lake Way after a neighborhood resident called to report a suspicious vehicle that showed up overnight. A Gladstone Police Department canine handler also responded to assist after officers learned the license plate displayed on the vehicle was previously reported as stolen.
Officers attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Craig Abe Alan McCarthy, but he was seen intentionally ramming a police vehicle before fleeing through the neighborhood on foot. McCarthy, 30, was taken into police custody after officers fired shots and a police canine chased him. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries stemming from the canine and the vehicle crash.
OCPD Sgt. Joseph Pagano said one officer was also transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the crash.
"Several of the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice," Pagano said.
McCarthy was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of assault, failure to perform duties of driver to injured persons, criminal mischief, attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless endangering.
With previous convictions for heroin possession and identity theft, McCarthy is also being held on $310,000 bail for a parole violation.
The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the OCPD tip line at 503-496-1616. Reference OCPD case #20-019044.
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