Portland police officer hit by impaired driver
A police officer was lucky to escape with minor injures after he was struck by an impaired drive on Southeast Portland early Sunday.
The name of the officer was not immediately released. He is recovering at home.
"Last night another one of our officers was struck by a vehicle while conducting necessary police work," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "We are fortunate the officer was not hurt worse or killed. These incidents have become way too common. Driving under the influence of intoxicants is unacceptable behavior and not tolerated in our community."
Carlos F. Zamora, 22, was arrested and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), failure to perform the duties of a iriver involving injury (hit and run), reckless driving, and assault in the fourth degree.
According to police, at 2:34 a.m. on May 26, East Precinct Officers received a report of a disturbance at the Lux Hookah Lounge at 12436 Southeast Powell Boulevard. There was a report of two males fighting, with one threatening to get a gun.
Multiple officers responded to the scene, but ultimately determined no one had a firearm. Numerous police vehicles were on scene with their overhead emergency lights activated.
Police say that as one of the officers was returning to his car on Powell between 124th and 125th avenues, he saw a Honda Accord traveling westbound toward him. He tucked up against his car trying to avoid being hit, but was struck by a side view mirror of the passing vehicle.
The vehicle did not stop until other officers got behind it at Southeast 122nd Powell.
The officer was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.
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