The Portland Police Bureau has arrested a man after he allegedly tried to drive away in someone else's car and injured two people who attempted to stop him.
Central Precinct officers responded to the reports of an injury accident near a park in the 3100 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard around 6:38 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Justin Jeffries, saw the keys in the ignition of a blue Chevy with rolled down windows — so he hopped inside, later telling officers he "was being chased by people."
Court docs say that Collin Phillips ran over to prevent his car from being stolen, but was thrown to the ground, suffering "significant" fracturing of the arm that will require multiple surgeries. A GoFundMe started for Collin Phillips says he also suffered injuries to his neck and spine.
A man identified by police as a pedestrian, Joseph Phillips, also tried to stop the alleged theft but was struck by the car. Jeffries then crashed the car into an unoccupied Mazada.
Police used their airplane to search the area, eventually locating Jeffries on the roof of a nearby carport. Jeffries told officers he was "blacked out" and when he "came to the car was stuck."
Both Collin and Joseph Phillips were taken to OHSU for treatment.
Court docs report that Jeffries has seven felony and seven misdemeanor convictions on his record, primarily in Florida and Indiana, where he has an active extradition warrant. His last address in Oregon is at Rockaway Beach. He remains at the downtown jail at this time.
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