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In one of the most spectacular crashes in many a day, a stolen car hits two others and flips, on Woodstock Blvd.

DAVID F. ASHTON - After the upside down car caused this spectacular wreck on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 80th Avenue, Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived to check on the occupants of the three smashed vehicles - or at least the occupants of the outer two cars who were still there. Neighbors who heard the grinding crash of a three-vehicle pile-up on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 80th Avenue — on Monday, August 29 — feared that someone had been injured or even killed killed. First-responders were dispatched to an "Accident — with Injury" at 7:26 p.m. that evening.

At the scene, East Precinct officers — and firefighters from the Lents Fire Station 11 Engine Company — found three wrecked vehicles; and between two of them was a Subaru Outback, on its roof. After paramedics examined the people involved in the crash, they departed. "No one was taken to a hospital," an officer at the scene reported.

"We heard the crash, and I came out to look," a teenage neighbor told THE BEE. "I saw two men running away from the overturned car, chased them down, and pointed them out to officers." One man was taken into custody, and was seated in a police cruiser.

As the investigation continued, owners and legitimate drivers of a brand new Subaru Forester and late model Toyota Camry — both now too damaged to drive — exchanged insurance information, and made arrangements for a tow.

Apparently, no one other than the stolen car's driver and passenger actually saw the collision. Deployed airbags prevented other drivers seeing what had hit them — that being the now-upside-down Subaru Outback.

An officer continued the investigation until after 10:30 p.m. that evening.

"One of the involved vehicles, a Subaru Outback, had been reported stolen," Portland Police spokesperson Officer David Baer later said, after looking at the police report. "Officers detained a person who had run from the crash, but nobody was able to definitively tell us he was the driver.

"The detained person claimed to be the passenger; so — without any additional evidence — he had to be released at the scene." Apparently just being in a stolen car was not actionable either.


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