Hit-and-run suspect captured…at home

When police answered a ‘Domestic Violence’ call in Powellhurst-Gilbert, The suspect smashed into a police car, and sped away …

After a suspect peels out from a domestic violence incident, near Gresham, police are waiting for him at his inner southeast Portland home.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After neighbors reported a man and woman fighting in and outside the Meadow Park East Apartments, at 17125 SE Powell Boulevard just after 4:00 p.m. on July 30, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to the scene.

Officers contacted the female who they determined was a victim of domestic violence.

“While officers were investigating the incident, the male suspect started to flee the scene in his vehicle,” explained PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“In attempting to leave, the suspect struck the rear bumper of a parked Police Canine Unit,” Simpson added.

After checking his rear-view mirror as he drove west, perhaps the suspect thought he’d gotten away, because there were no police in pursuit with blue and red lights flashing.

However, officers at the scene had simply checked the license plate; its registration matched the suspect’s name, and they then drove to where he lived – and he was captured as he pulled up to his residence on SE 70th Avenue, halfway between SE Duke and Cooper Streets, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

47-year-old Renne Leonard Carter faces multiple charges, when he again appears in court.

The suspect, 47-year-old Renne Leonard Carter, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 9:31 p.m. that evening on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence), Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

At his arraignment on August 1 in Multnomah County Court, Carter was released from jail under the Pre-Trial Supervision Program.

By the way, the police dog inside the Canine Unit vehicle at the time of the hit-and-run crash was not injured.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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