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.
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