Driver charged with bias crime against female Portland police
A female driver involved in a roll-over crash was arrested for a bias crime against female police officers Saturday afternoon in North Portland.
During the July 30 incident, a hostile crowd formed and interfered with the responding officers, police said, prompting additional officers to be called out.
Sasha M. Lundy, 35, was cited for bias crime in the second degree, DUII (alcohol) and menacing.
Two other occupants of the vehicle, Dominique R. Gonzales, 27, Gregory L. Robinson, 33, were issued criminal citations for interfering with a peace officer.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the investigation began at 5:46 p.m., when North Precinct officers were dispatched to an injury accident at North Houghton Street and Haven Avenue. When they arrived, the officers found a 1998 Nissan Altima sedan on its top. Two adult occupants suffered minor injuries. Another adult and a 5-year-old child in the car were not visibly hurt.
One injured occupant, Gonzales, began leaving the scene and officers had reasonable suspicion that he had been the driver. Despite being given numerous requests and orders to remain on scene, Gonzales refused. When officers attempted to take him into custody, he physically resisted the officers, according to police.
Two other occupants of the vehicle, Lundy and Robinson, attempted to interfere with officers who were trying to detain Gonzales. They both tried to push past officers to physically intervene in the arrest, police said.
The commotion caused other people to emerge from nearby homes. Several closely surrounded the officers and refused orders to give the officers space to work. The hostile situation prompted a call for "code 3 cover," meaning officers need immediate assistance and additional officers should respond with emergency lights and sirens.
As many as 16 officers and sergeants responded to the scene. Paramedics also were on scene and but were unable to get the injured occupants to cooperate with medical treatment.
According to police, during the confrontation, officers attempted numerous de-escalation techniques trying to calm the situation. However, Lundy began targeting a female sergeant and a female officer, threatening to assault them because of her perception of their race and gender. The female bureau members attempted to further deescalate by moving away from her while stating they did not want to fight her, but she continued advancing on them in a physically threatening manner, according to police.
Lundy was arrested.
Upon further investigation, officers learned that Lundy was the driver. She had struck a parked car after turning a corner, causing the Nissan to overturn. Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, police said.
After consulting with Bias Crime Unit detectives, Lundy also was cited for a bias crime. The child was reunited with a parent. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
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