PPB: DUII suspect flees police, causes serious injury crash in SE Portland


It is not yet clear how many people or cars were involved

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man suspected of driving while intoxicated caused a serious injury crash shortly after fleeing a traffic stop, according to police.

A police officer initiated a traffic stop with the driver of a Chevrolet Impala on Southeast Division Street and 119th Avenue at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday. The driver, identified as Jakavis Paschal, reportedly fled the scene as the officer approached the car. The officer chose not to pursue Paschal, but a short time later other officers noticed the northbound car speeding down Southeast 122nd Avenue. Paschal then crashed into another car going west on East Burnside Street.

The driver of the other car was identified as Marquita Jefferson, who was sent to a nearby hospital. She was treated and although her her injuries are reportedly very serious, she is expected to survive, according to authorities.

Police said they determined Paschal to be impaired by alcohol. A breath test showed his BAC was nearly twice the legal limit to drive at 0.14%. Jefferson was also determined to be impaired, testing at 0.12%. She was cited for DUII, while Paschal now faces charges including attempt to elude, DUII, reckless driving, assault, criminal mischief, driving while suspended and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

SE 122nd Ave. was closed between Northeast Glisan Street and Southeast Stark Street and E Burnside St. was closed in both directions at SE 122nd Ave while the Major Crash Activation Team worked the scene. The roads were reopened around 3 a.m.

KOIN 6 News will update this when more information becomes available.

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