Driver crashes stolen car in Montavilla

See why those in the other car hit in this outer East Portland smashup are fortunate – unlike the driver who faces charges …

In the Montavilla neighborhood, SE 92nd Avenue is closed at SE Morrison Street, after a stolen car plows into another vehicle at this intersection.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

A group of pre-Holiday celebrants were driving to a gathering on the evening of November 17, when a wildly-driving man in what was reported as a stolen car smashed into them.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and Portland Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of SE Morrison Street and 92nd Avenue at 6:36 p.m. that evening.

Two cars end up in the yard of this residence, after a high-speed crash at an intersection.

Emergency first-responders found two vehicles that on the northeast corner of the intersection, in the yard of a home at 9211 SE Morrison Street.

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu had ripped trough the yard, glanced off a tree, and spun around 180 degrees; the back end of it stopped just inches from the front porch.

Those who saw the aftermath say the diver of this reportedly-stolen car had to be pulled out through the windshield.

One witness had said the driver of this car got out of the crashed vehicle by himself and was staggering around; but “That’s not right; I was here and saw [firefighters] pull the guy in the Chevy out the front window of the car,” Tammy Watkins told East Portland News.

The other vehicle, a black Mitsubishi Outlander, was also up in the same front yard, about 20 feet west of the wrecked Chevy. The occupants apparently were not injured; they were focused on getting large coolers out of their wrecked car’s trunk, and taking them to another, nearby, waiting car.

“Preliminary information suggests the driver of a stolen Chevrolet Malibu was eastbound, at a high rate of speed, on SE Morrison Street,” acknowledged PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

That car struck the Outlander that witnesses said was northbound on 92nd Avenue as it entered the intersection.

With some of their things they’d gathered from their wrecked car, the occupants of the Outlander wait for a ride to their destination.

“The driver of the stolen Malibu, 29-year-old Vanbueren A. Dormaier, was transported to a hospital by ambulance,” confirmed Burley, adding that occupants of the other car didn’t seek medical treatment.

As of this writing, Dormaier has not yet been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Driving, DUII, Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle – because apparently he enjoyed Thanksgiving Day in a hospital bed.

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