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The long arm of the law stretched, in this case, from Brentwood-Darlington to Foster-Powell -- and ended in jail

DAVID F. ASHTON - After catching the scent of the wanted suspect, a police K-9 tracked the fleeing man -- until the trail went cold. The suspect was later found and arrested in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. An incident on May 31 started with East Precinct officers stopping a car in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. "When an officer conducted a traffic stop on a car on S.E. Flavel Drive, just west of 82nd, everyone in the vehicle ran off," PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard told THE BEE.

Because of this, at 7:52 p.m. that evening, eight additional officers were called into the area to search for the driver, including a K-9 Team. "The officers set up a perimeter, and began a dog track," Sheppard continued. "After some time, they learned from witnesses that the suspect had been picked up and taken to another location."

Apparently that information was correct; officers subsequently found the suspect on S.E. Schiller Street at 76th Avenue.

Arrested was 46-year-old Michael Lee Tolle, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center that evening at 9:11 p.m. He was charged with Attempt to Elude on Foot, Interfering with a Police Officer, Escape in the Third Degree — and also on an unrelated Domestic Violence warrant, which was apparently the reason for the original traffic stop.

Documents show that the warrant for Tolle also included Felony Assault in the Third Degree (Domestic Violence) and numerous other charges. Tolle was sent to the Inverness Jail on the warrant; he'll still be facing the other charges.


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