Suspected shoplifter flees - hits pedestrian, smashes car
An accused shoplifter in the Johnson Creek Boulevard Fred Meyer store on S.E. 82nd Avenue tried to make a clean getaway – but, instead, he led Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives on a brief but wild chase in and out of parking lots, in which he finally struck a pedestrian and wrecked his car.
The accused shoplifter was spotted at about 9:23 a.m. on Wednesday morning, November 4th, by two sheriff's detectives walking out of the store clutching apparently unpaid-for merchandise. He was later identified, after his arrest, as 35-year-old Oleg Olegovich Kirillov, a Portland resident – and he might have had an accomplice; he certainly had come to the store with a friend.
Kirillov got into a Honda Civic parked in the store's parking lot, joined on the passenger side a moment later by another man who had been on the sidewalk near the Fred Meyer entrance. As Kirillov headed for the nearby onramp to the I-205 freeway, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Detectives turned on their lights and siren, and the suspect turned into the Home Depot parking lot.
"But he didn't stop; the vehicle then fled out of the parking lot, pulled back out onto 82nd Avenue at a high rate of speed, before again turning eastbound on SE Johnson Creek Boulevard," reported CSSO spokesperson Sgt. Marcus Mendoza.
By the time the detectives caught up with the Honda, it had crashed two blocks east of the Fred Meyer store, at I-205. "As detectives rolled up on the crash, the driver was fleeing the crash scene on foot," Mendoza said.
Failing, due to his speed, to negotiate the I-205 northbound on-ramp toward Portland, Kirillov had popped his car over a concrete median, driven across a crosswalk – where he had hit struck a pedestrian – and then mowed down a traffic sign, crossing all traffic lanes, slamming into the embankment on the far side of the ramp.
Aware that his situation was going from bad to worse, Kirillov ran from the wreck, jumped over a fence, and ran down toward the I-205 freeway, where deputies took him into custody.
Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter/paramedics treated the struck pedestrian, 62-year-old Gennadiy Gernega, before an ambulance rushed him to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. He had been walking with his wife when he was struck, but his wife was unharmed.
The Honda's passenger was detained and interviewed regarding the incident, but was apparently not charged.
CCSO deputies quickly found out why Kirillov was so concerned with trying to get away: He didn't have a valid driver's license, and there were two cite-and-release warrants for his arrest issued by Multnomah County Circuit Court for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
After being medically checked out at a hospital, Kirillov was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:
· Assault in the Second Degree
· Failure to Perform the Duties of Driver to Injured Persons Felony
· Attempt to Elude Felony
· Attempt to Elude Misdemeanor
· Recklessly Endangering
· Theft in the Second Degree
At his arraignment, Kirillovs combined bail was initially set at $277,500. But later, a kindly judge dismissed all of the charges except that of Assault in the Second Degree, with bail set at $10,000. However, Kirillov learned that hed be held, without bail, on the previous two Multnomah County warrants so hes still in custody at Clackamas County Jail.
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