52nd Avenue hit-run driver returns to taunt victims, is arrested
If causing the accident wasn't enough, the hit-and-run driver who smashed into two vehicles in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on Sunday evening, November 14, came back to the scene of his crime to admire the mayhem before driving off again.
East Precinct officers responded at 6:43 p.m. to the intersection of S.E. Flavel Street and 52nd Avenue on an "accident â€“ hit and run â€“ priority" call. Also dispatched was Portland Fire & Rescue Woodstock Station 25's Engine Company; but arriving firefighter/paramedics found no substantial injuries.
Witnesses told THE BEE that a "large, jacked up" Chevy Silverado truck was southbound on S.E. 52nd Avenue when it rammed into a Subaru Outback, facing southbound and stopped for the red light at Flavel.
"The truck hits it; pushes it across the intersection into the utility pole, and then south for half a block, until the Subaru rear-ends a parked car," a witness described.
The impact to the utility pole put the traffic lights at the intersection out of commission.
A female passenger in a second vehicle, one which was just turning left from S.E. Flavel to southbound 52d, said her car tried "blockade the Chevy truck", so it would not leave the scene. "But the truck rammed us, and spun our car 180 degrees, and took off (southbound) down the hill [on S.E. 52nd]," she told us.
"Moments later, the truck roars up, north on 52nd, slows down, rolls down his window and laughs, cuts through the convenience store parking lot, and 'peels rubber' heading east on Flavel Street and disappears in the distance," the first witness said.
Yet another individual said he was shopping in the convenience store when the smashup took place. "It sounded like an explosion," he said. "After I went out to look I nearly got run over by the truck in the parking lot as it flew through."
"East Precinct officers located 74-year-old Michael Prinkki Sr. after the accident," informed Portland Police spokesperson Lt. Nathan Sheppard. "He was arrested and charged with Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run), Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants."
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