Trucker accused of kidnap ‘could have killed people’

Crime

Alfonzo Summers appeared in Washington County court a day after his arrest in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — A Michigan man accused of kidnapping a woman and leading Hillsboro police on a wild chase appeared in court on Wednesday.

Alfonzo Summers faced a Washington County judge on one count of cocaine possession and two counts of eluding police.

A semi-truck involved in an alleged multi-state kidnapping was found stuck along railroad tracks near SW Bailey Avenue north of SW Wood Street in Hillsboro, Nov. 5, 2019. (Hillsboro Police Department)

Someone called 911 on Tuesday morning when they saw Summers allegedly assaulting a woman in the loading dock of the Costco on NE 48th Avenue in Hillsboro.

He got in a semi-truck and drove off without the woman. An off-duty officer also called 911 after seeing the truck driving recklessly from the parking lot onto NE Cornell Road, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

“The doors to the semi-truck were still swinging open as it drove down Cornell, passing cars in the center median,” said Sgt. Eric Bunday.

An officer tried to stop the truck on NE Evergreen Parkway but Summers refused to pull over, according to police. The officer decided not to chase him due to thick fog and heavy traffic.

He tried to get away by driving on the train tracks near SW Bailey Avenue but crashed in a ditch right in front of a building supply company. Workers ran outside and called the police.

Jenna Chambers, an employee at the company, told KOIN 6 News the truck went “flying by, probably 50 miles an hour on the train tracks — isn’t something you see every morning.”

Alfonzo Summers makes his first court appearance in Washington County after allegedly crashing a semi-truck while trying to elude police officers, Nov. 6, 2019. (KOIN/Hillsboro Police Department)

Chambers called 911 as the workers ran to see what had happened.

“By the time we got down there he was gone,” said Tracie Hall.

Summers ran from the scene but was found just blocks away and arrested, police said.

The 61-year-old was booked into the Washington County Jail. The Washington County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday it may pursue additional charges.

Summers was originally arrested on charges of 2nd-degree kidnapping, strangulation, harassment, recklessly endangering, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform duties of driver when property is damaged, 2nd-degree criminal mischief, unlawful delivery of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine and 1st-degree criminal trespass.

His bail was set at $500,000 and he’s due back in court on Nov. 14.

“He could have killed people and I’m glad it didn’t end up that way and he went to jail,” said Chambers.

Officials said the woman who was kidnapped had returned home safely to her family.

“We just urge people: if they see something out of the ordinary like this to call. You never know when that little thing that you see that doesn’t look quite right, that’s nagging at you turns out to be a piece of a bigger puzzle,” said Bunday.

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