Man accused of crashing stolen Les Schwab truck


Portland Police called in K9 and air units to look for Christopher Thomas after he ran

Christopher Thomas. October 3, 2019 (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was arrested after police said he ran from US Marshals and crashed a stolen pickup truck Thursday evening.

Portland police officers were called out to help a US Marshal after they had tried to stop a Les Schwab truck and the suspect drove off instead. When trying to run from police, the suspect crashed the truck into another car, but then got out and ran on foot.

Both K9 and air units were called out to search for the suspect, now identified as 33-year-old Christopher Thomas. He was later found and arrested in the area of 82nd Avenue.

When investigating the incident, police discovered that the Les Schwab truck was stolen. Authorities also said they found a handgun, rifle, and what they believe to be a meth pipe inside the car.

The inside of the stolen Les Schwab truck had a rifle sitting in the passenger seat. October 3, 2019 (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

Thomas was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center where he faces charges of running from police, property damage, illegally possessing firearms, and reckless burning.

Police said the driver of the SUV that the suspect crashed into was not injured.

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