Cop sent to hospital, after cruiser rammed by alleged drunk driver

This purportedly tipsy truck driver was out of jail before the officer he hurt was discharged from the hospital …

SE Stark Street is closed while Traffic Division officers investigate a rear-end collision by a pickup truck into a police car.

By David F. Ashton

Dispatched to respond to a domestic squabble, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct Officer Allison Renander slowed down to check the street numbers of residences as she drove eastbound along SE Stark Street, just before midnight on February 27.

As Renander’s cruiser approached 155th Avenue in the outer East Portland neighborhood of Glenfair, an eastbound 1987 Dodge pick-up slammed into the back of her patrol car.

-2 Officers look at the damaged police car, after it was rammed by a pickup truck. Image courtesy of KGW Newschannel 8

“The crash sent the police car up over the sidewalk and into a yard,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Medical personnel stabilized the officer’s injuries, and helped her onto a gurney and into an ambulance that was called to the scene.

“Officer Renander was admitted to Portland hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and is expected to be released soon,” Simpson said.

Free on “Pretrial Release Supervision”, 57-year-old Gary Clark will eventually appear in court on DUII and Reckless Driving charges in connection with this incident. MCDC booking photo

The pickup truck driver, 57-year-old Gary Clark, was not injured in the crash, Simpson disclosed. “But officers noted signs of impairment, leading Traffic Division officers to investigate further, which led to Clark’s arrest.”

Clark was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on February 28, at 5:50 a.m. on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Reckless Driving.

However, Clark was released later on February 28, records show, the reason listed is “Released on Own Recognizance” before he was scheduled to be arraigned on March 2. He remains free, on “Pretrial Release Supervision” until his trial.

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