Brief wild ride in stolen car ends in crash, in Montavilla

See photos of a crash that resulted in two wrecked cars – and three people taken to hospitals …

Pieces of wrecked cars are strewn across the sidewalk on NE Glisan Street, just east of NE 80th Avenue.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
To a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Transit Division officer, it just didn’t look right – that car he spotted in Montavilla, at East Burnside and 82nd Avenue, on April 5 at about 10:20 p.m.

When he had an emergency services dispatcher check the license plate, it came up as a stolen vehicle. PPB East Precinct district officers were also dispatched to check it out.

Portland Police Bureau Transit Division officers first spotted the “rolling stolen” car – and attempted to stop it.

“An officer attempted a traffic stop,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King. “But, the vehicle wouldn’t stop.”

Instead, the driver cut through the narrow Montavilla streets along NE 80th Avenue, narrowly missing a vehicle at NE Ash Street, and approaching NE Glisan Street.

Now wedged against a fence and facing the wrong way, this car was reported stolen, according to the police.

Officers talk with the woman said to be driving the stolen car, as well as with her passenger.

“The vehicle blew the stop sign at NE 80th Avenue and NE Glisan Street,” King told East Portland News. “It collided with an eastbound vehicle in the intersection.”

The violent hood-to-hood corner collision spun the victim’s car around, pointing north. The reportedly-stolen car spun around, and ended up facing south on SE 80th Avenue, wedged up against a picket fence.

First one, then a second – and finally a third – ambulance was called to the scene.

One of the three individuals involved in the accident is loaded into an ambulance, headed for a hospital.

“The female driving the stolen car, and her passenger, another female, were taken to the hospital,” King said, “as well as the driver of the victim car.”

King said the driver of the stolen car’s name wasn’t available as we posted this story, nor can he say yet whether any charges are pending against her or her passenger.

“This case remains under investigation,” King explained.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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