Suspect rams Portland police vehicles, spits on officers
A suspect who reportedly rammed two Portland police vehicles with a stolen van and spit in two officer's faces was arrested in downtown Wednesday.
No officers were injured.
Brian D. Denault, 32, was booked was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony attempt to elude, misdemeanor attempt to elude, reckless driving, two counts of aggravated harassment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver (property damage), and several warrants.
According to the Portland Police bureau, the incident began at 11:29 a.m. on Dec. 1 when Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a fight in the 600 block of Southwest College Street. An officer on a separate stolen vehicle call learned that the fight may have involved the stolen 2015 cargo van he was taking a report on.
An officer located the stolen van with an occupant inside near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Jackson Street. To prevent the occupant from driving away, the officer put down a spike strip to deflate the tires and minimize the danger to the public should the vehicle be moved.
Other officers arrived and they developed a custody plan. But when they asked the driver to get out of the van, the driver put it into gear, drove over the spike strips, rammed two police vehicles, then ran away on foot.
Officers briefly lost sight of him and set up a perimeter. He was located again, but vaulted a fence and continued running. Officers pursued and arrested him.
After he was arrested, the suspect spit in two officers' faces. He was determined to be driving impaired as well.
Police said one of the police vehicles was so heavily damaged it had to be towed.
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