Alleged repeat car thief arrested again in East Portland
Portland Police Bureau officers have arrested a man on charges related to stolen vehicles for the third time this year.
Shane Michael Freda, 30, was arrested on charges of reckless driving, ID theft, attempt to elude and unauthorized use of a vehicle on Monday, April 6, after a foot-and-pedal chase in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood, according to a news release.
The incident began around 1:25 a.m. after a North Precinct officer allegedly found a parked stolen car east of Interstate 205 on the 11000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
Freda allegedly hit the gas and fled the scene, but was tracked by the police airplane. He allegedly didn't stop after running over spike strips and puncturing three tires at Northeast 105th Avenue and Prescott Street, but kept going until a squad car pushed his vehicle off the road.
A foot chase ensued, ending with Freda being tagged by a K9 unit in the 3600 block of Northeast 102nd Avenue.
Police say Freda was wanted for fleeing from police on April 5 around 11 p.m. as well.
A review of court records shows that Freda has been charged in two other cases involving stolen vehicles, all in Multnomah County, with the verdict in those cases still pending.
Freda told an arresting officer on Feb. 27 that he bought a car he knew was hot for $50 and that he "drives stolen cars because they are cheap and easy to get," according to a probable cause affidavit.
He had allegedly stolen a 1998 Subaru Legacy from the area of 174th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, but the owner tracked the car down using her GPS, per court records. Freda was arrested after a foot chase in that case as well, prosecutors say.
The next month, on March 23, he was arrested at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard after officers located him inside a car that had been reported stolen the day before. Police allegedly found a pair of scissors in the ignition.
A longtime metro area resident who has been homeless for a few months, according to jail records, Freda is currently on probation for first-degree theft in Hood River County, and has five felony convictions on his record.
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