Cops jail accused Holgate hit-and-run driver
Law enforcement officers flooded into the Creston-Kenilworth and Reed neighborhoods on the evening of September 14, when a hit-and-run driver, reportedly in a stolen vehicle, ran from a smashup he had caused on S.E. Holgate Boulevard near 31st Avenue.
Central Precinct officers were dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. that evening, and quickly came across the two-vehicle collision.
"Two victims were injured in the incident, and were treated at nearby hospitals," reported a PPB official. "One victim, an adult male, sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was treated at a hospital and released; the other victim, also an adult male, remained at an area hospital for serious – but what are believed to be non-life threatening – injuries."
The fleet-footed driver took off into the neighborhood; officers spread out in neighboring streets looking for the suspect. The Portland Police airborne unit, "Air One", spotted the suspect hiding on a nearby carport rooftop, and guided officers to the location.
Arrested on numerous charges was 30 year-old Justin Jeffries, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 10:38 p.m. that evening, accused of stealing a vehicle and hitting two people while fleeing the scene. He said he did it because people were chasing him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
At his arraignment the next day, Jeffries found he'd face charges of First Degree Robbery, a Class A Felony; Second Degree Assault; two counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver; Third Degree Assault; and Reckless Driving. He remains in custody in lieu of $535,000 combined bail.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)