Officer injured after suspect crashes into police car

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - Police are looking for the driver who crashed into a Portland Police patrol SUV early Tuesday morning in Southeast Portland -- injuring an officer in the SUV.

The incident happened just before 6 a.m. near the intersection of SE 60th Avenue and Harney Street.

Officers were called to the area to perform a welfare check on a man. While looking for the man described by the caller, officers found several cars that appeared to have been broken into.

As the officers investigated the prowled cars, they found an occupied Ford Escape. While they were still in their patrol vehicle and before contacting the driver, the driver of the Ford crashed into a parked vehicle and the officers' vehicle before fleeing the area.

The officers were unable to pursue the Ford due to the damage of their vehicle. The crash damaged the suspension to the patrol vehicle and it needed to be towed. 

There were two officers inside the patrol car. One of the officers sustained a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

The suspect’s vehicle was located near SE Harney Drive and Malden Drive, but the suspect fled the scene.

A police K-9 unit was called to help locate the suspect. 

During the investigation, officers learned that the Ford Escape was reported as stolen. Authorities also said they don't believe the original welfare check call is related to the prowled cars or the hit and run.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333.

 


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