PPB: Milwaukie man drives into PBOT project, damage is $30K
A Milwaukie resident has been arrested after Portland Police say he drove a stolen pickup through a stretch of freshly-poured concrete, inflicting $30,000 worth of damage to the street project.
Video released by the Portland Police Bureau shows a white truck careening through barricades set up at Southeast 38th Avenue and Schiller Street on Feb. 14, with the tires screeching as twin sets of tire tracks are imprinted in a roadway.
Police began an investigation on Feb. 19, and on March 3 arrested 28-year-old Richard Thomas Reed. He was being charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle, identity theft, credit-card fraud and hit-and-run causing property damage.
"This in an egregious case of public property damage and I want to thank Central Precinct Officer Peter Braun for his efforts in identifying and capturing the individual responsible," said Assistant Chief Mike Frome.
Court docs show Reed, who has worked in the construction industry at an excavation company, has a pending charge for allegedly attempting to flee from police last year in Clackamas County, with a trial for that incident set for later this year. He is currently on supervision for a drug court charge in Clackamas County from 2016, docs show.
Reed remains in the North Portland jail at this time.
This article has been updated from its original version online with additional charges against Reed.
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