‘Topless mail truck thief’ faces 9 charges


Monique Cortez-Munos, 24, was arrested Thursday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 24-year-old woman is expected to make her first court appearance for allegedly crashing a stolen mail truck after hitting a TriMet bus.

Monique Cortez-Munos was arrested Thursday and now faces 9 separate charges after the incident began shortly after noon on SE Alder Street. Police said she was “shirtless” at the time and appeared to be on drugs.

She stole the USPS truck then drove away and hit the bus near Northeast Wasco and 162nd, Portland police said.

A woman is accused of stealing this US Postal truck and hitting a TriMet bus before flipping, October 3, 2019 (PPB)

The woman kept driving and as police tried to stop her the truck flipped and crashed near NE 155th and Fremont. Police said she tried to run away but was taken into custody after a 12-block foot chase.

She’s charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, mail theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

She entered a not guilty plea and will be back in court October 14.

Three people, including the driver, were on the TriMet bus at the time of the crash, TriMet officials told KOIN 6 News. Only the driver needed medical attention for minor injuries.

As for all the mail that was scattered during the crash, the post office said it should be delivered by the end of Friday. If you’re still missing something, let them know.

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