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It was the second injury to officers by a drunk driver in Southeast Portland in the same month

COURTESY PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Officers charged the driver of the spun-around Cadillac with being too intoxicated to drive, after he failed to maneuver around two police cars parked beside the road with emergency lights flashing. While Central Precinct officers were investigating a report of an assault along the northbound lanes of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard at 1:55 a.m. early Sunday morning, May 19, near Westmoreland Park's Sckavone Stadium, the last thing they expected was to be involved in a potentially life-threatening collision.

But that's what happened at 2:23 a.m., while the officers were outside of their patrol vehicles. A black 2004 Cadillac slammed into the police cruisers, which had been parked with their emergency lights flashing. The impact sent the squad cars forward – hitting two officers.

McLoughlin Boulevard was closed into the daylight hours, northbound between S.E. Tacoma Street and Bybee Boulevard, while Traffic Division officers investigated the crash.

"Both the officers and the driver of the involved vehicle were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries," reported a PPB spokesperson. "One officer was injured in the arm, and the other in the leg; both were treated and released at a hospital. The assault suspect was evaluated, and found not to be injured."

PPB Traffic Division officers issued the Cadillac's driver, 41-year-old George J. Goines, citations for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

No Multnomah County Detention Center booking record was created for Goines, which suggests that he was cited and then released.


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