Man with drugs and fake ID flees Foster-Powell in stolen truck
Sunday morning, August 14, a man signaled to pull over instead led East Precinct officers on a 2.7 mile pursuit, starting in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, and heading north.
The traffic stop was initiated by officers who had spotted a stolen bright red "king cab" pickup truck near S.E. Powell and 74th Avenue at 10 a.m. The driver hit the gas, and at one point officers successfully deployed a "spike strip", deflating at least two of the truck's tires. However, the fleeing driver pressed on, until he crashed through the yard of a house in the Sunnyside neighborhood, on S.E. Taylor Street near 45th Avenue. The driver was still inside the smashed truck when officers caught up with him; but — desperate to get away — he threw it into "reverse" and smashed into a patrol car.
The suspect then bolted from the truck on foot. After an extensive search, officers discovered that the man had broken into a home a block south, on S. E. Salmon Street, and was hiding in the basement crawlspace.
Officers took 36-year-old Joshua Frank Farrell into custody, and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center on 34 charges.
Farrell was booked on five counts of Identity Theft, one count of Attempted Assault, one count of Attempting to Elude Police by Vehicle, one count of Attempting to Elude Police on Foot, one count of Trespass, one count of Impersonating a Police Officer, 20 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument, one count of reckless driving, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one count of Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle and one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
At his arraignment, however, a judge chose to dismiss all of the 34 charges against Farrell — but let stand a Parole Violation charge, for which bail was set at $15,000. At last report, he remains in custody at the MCDC in lieu of bail.
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