Drunk driver injures Portland policeman on duty
On Sunday, May 26, at 2:34 a.m.., East Precinct Officers received a report of a disturbance at the Lux Hookah Lounge at 12436 S.E. Powell Boulevard. There was a report of two males fighting, with one threatening to get a gun. Multiple officers responded to the scene, and ultimately determined no one had a firearm.
Numerous police vehicles were on scene with their overhead emergency lights activated.
As one of the officers was returning to his car on Powell Boulevard, between 124th and 125th Avenues, he saw a Honda Accord traveling westbound on Powell Boulevard toward him. He tucked up against his car trying to avoid being hit, but was struck by the rear view mirror of the passing vehicle. The vehicle did not stop until other officers got behind it at S.E. 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.
The injured officer was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, where he was treated and released, and he is recovering at home.
The driver of the offending vehicle was evaluated for impairment, after which Carlos F. Zamora, age 22, was arrested and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver involving Injury, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Fourth Degree.
"Last night another one of our officers was struck by a vehicle while conducting necessary police work," said Chief Danielle Outlaw later that day. "We are fortunate the officer was not hurt worse, or killed. These incidents have become way too common. Driving under the influence of intoxicants is unacceptable behavior and not tolerated in our community."
Portland Police reminds that drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs should NOT get behind the wheel, and instead should have a sober driver take them home, or take advantage of taxis, rideshare companies, or transit, so everyone is safe on the streets of Portland.