'Strangulation' leads to Reed College foot pursuit
What ended up with a young couple dashing through the Reed College Campus with Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers in hot pursuit, in late October, actually began a couple of days before.
"This involved a domestic disturbance earlier in the week, where a male was reported to have 'strangled' a female in a vehicle," said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Kevin Allen. "Those involved were not located at that time."
On October 29, just after 3 p.m., officers who were following up on the non-lethal strangulation case spotted the involved vehicle, an older brown Volvo station wagon, and began following it. The driver hit the accelerator and the old Volvo lurched forward, sideswiping a vehicle along S.E. Division Street, after which it headed south.
With a hit-and-run charge now added to the previous incident, the sergeant on duty authorized a PIT maneuver to stop the fleeing car. But, officers didn't get the opportunity to use it as the vehicle sped away.
The Volvo careened west on S.E. Woodward Street, then south on Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th), west on Steele Street, and then south – parking in the north Reed College dormitory parking lot, at which point its occupants fled.
PPB officers ringed the campus, keeping an eye out for the pair – described as a young Asian female and an Hispanic male – running along Reed College pathways.
"The female suspect was identified as a 17 year-old runaway; the male driver was eventually apprehended after a K-9 track," Allen told THE BEE. "He was identified as a juvenile with a felony warrant; officials are assessing appropriate charges."
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