Felon with firearm tries a brief, unsuccessful getaway

Most police pursuits are relatively short – this one, in Parkrose, lasted less than a block. Look here, and see why …

Police converge, after an across-the-street pursuit ends in a car repair shop’s parking lot on NE Sandy Boulevard.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In the chilly night air late on January 13, police spotted a “person of interest” in the parking lot behind the Parkrose Elmer’s Restaurant at 10001 NE Sandy Boulevard.

Instead of talking with Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct officers, the driver peeled out, a little after 11:00 p.m. that evening, and sped away – but not very far away.

Officers make sure the vehicle is secure, after finding a gun in this wrecked car.

“The way he was speeding and swerving around, I thought [the driver] was a crazy man,” witness Alfonso Green told East Portland News. “I was waiting for the bus when the car slid around, and into the fence.”

A 1990 Honda Accord sedan crossed NE Sandy Boulevard from north to south, ran up on the curb, and smashed into a chain-link fence – mowing down six steel fence poles along the way.

The car came to rest in the yard of Hi-Tech Auto Repair, at 10010 NE Sandy Boulevard. An officer wondered aloud if the shop specialized in car body repair.

After apprehending the suspect, officers compare notes as they get ready to write their reports.

Police “hook up” a suspect, and prepare to take him in for booking.

“Driver ran from car after short pursuit, quickly taken into custody,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson said tersely. “A passenger, who was not arrested, was also detained during the investigation.”

This man, 31-year-old James Allen Call, was booked into jail on multiple charges. MCDC booking photo

At 11:15 p.m. officers placed 31-year-old James Allen Call under arrest.

Call was booked into the Multnomah County Justice Center at 1:38 a.m. on multiple charges, including several felonies, including Parole Violation, two charges of “Attempting to Elude Police”, Felon in Possession of Fire Arm, Altered Identification on Fire Arm, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Reckless Driving.

Call remains lodged in Multnomah County Inverness Jail, in lieu of combined bond set at $20,000.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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