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Police nab the driver of a recently-stolen car in the Reed neighborhood; but he's out again without bail

DAVID F. ASHTON - A Portland Police Public Safety Support Specialist, in the white van, conferred with a Central Precinct officer, after having spotted and reported a recently-stolen car - with the suspected thief inside.This incident began on Thursday, November 15, at 12:29 p.m. when a Portland Police Bureau "Public Safety Support Specialist" – a non-sworn and non-certified police support person with the Bureau – was patrolling the northern edge of the Reed neighborhood, and noticed a vehicle on S.E. 23rd Avenue near Pardee Street.

"The Public Safety Support Specialist had just found a car on which she'd just taken a stolen vehicle report!" said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen. "The suspected thief started to drive away in the car, which had a flat tire -- and then [he got out and fled] on foot. Nine officers were dispatched to the area."

On foot, the suspect climbed the embankment to S.E. Holgate Boulevard, dashed between cars crossing the street – but then was greeted by officers awaiting his arrival near the corner of S.E. 25th Avenue and Reynolds Street.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - 41-year-old Zachary Wayne France took off running from the stolen car when spotted, but was arrested without incident shortly afterward. He was soon released without bail, with pre-trail supervision. Officers took 41-year-old Zachary Wayne France into custody without a struggle; he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 1:21 p.m. that afternoon on two Class C Felonies, Unauthorized Use Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Although France's combined bail added up to $10,000, a kindly judge released him without bail shortly after his arraignment. Release Reason: Pre-trial Supervision.


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