Tualatin officer suffers minor injuries during Monday morning vehicle pursuit
A Tualatin police officer received minor injuries Monday morning following a police pursuit of a driver who fled the scene of a traffic stop.
The incident began at 9:36 a.m. when a Tualatin officer pulled over a white Ford Explorer for an equipment violation in a parking lot at 7000 S.W. Nyberg Street. The driver, who police believe was Marco Antonio Martinez Pena, reportedly was not cooperative and fled the scene, according to a news release from the Tualatin Police Department.
A pursuit ensued with officers chasing the vehicle southbound on Southwest 65th Avenue before traveling eastbound on Southwest Borland Road to Stafford Road in Clackamas County. A Tualatin police sergeant then successfully performed a pursuit intervention technique on the suspected vehicle, which spun the vehicle from the road, police reported.
However, the suspect was able to regain control and continued along Stafford Road near Southwest Ek Road in the opposite direction.
That's when the suspect's vehicle collided with a different Tualatin police vehicle that injured the officer. (The officer's condition was not immediately available.) The suspect then continued back on Stafford Road.
Police called off the chase due to safety concerns for other motorists on the roadways.
Tualatin police and other law enforcement agencies in the area continued to look for the vehicle and driver who faces charges of felony elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, second-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer and failing to perform duties of a driver. Pena, the alleged suspect, has outstanding felony warrants out of Washington County, according to police.
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