Driver rams cop car in Gateway intersection

Find out what led up to this busy intersection being shut down for nearly an hour, on a bustling Saturday evening …

The intersection of NE 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street remains closed, while investigators work to uncover why a sedan rammed a police car.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The intersection of NE 102nd Avenue and NE Halsey Street was closed to traffic, starting at 7:07 p.m. on December 13, after a late model four-door Ford slammed into a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District patrol car.

“East Precinct Officer Michael Roberts was responding to the report of a 15-year-old runaway, in a car with two unknown adults,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

This PPB patrol car is headed to the collision shop for repair, after being hit while responding to a call.

“Roberts was responding ‘Code 3’ – with lights and siren – as he drove southbound on NE 102nd at Halsey,” Simpson told East Portland News. “Two of the three lanes of eastbound traffic stopped, but the third lane driver did not stop and struck the patrol car.”

The collision caved in the passenger’s side front wheel and well, rendering the patrol car undrivable.

A tow truck driver prepares to hook up this badly damaged Ford Focus, after the collision.

The Ford Focus, driven by outer East Portland resident 28-year-old Adrian Reyes-Cruz, didn’t fare as well; the front end of the vehicle was destroyed. An imprint of the patrol car’s hubcap was clearly observable on the front fender; and a “star impact” pattern was visible on the windshield.

“Both Officer Roberts and Reyes-Cruz were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Simpson said. “Information was exchanged, and no citations were issued.”

The destiny of the runaway teenager concerning which the officer was responding at the time of the crash remains unclear at this time.

© 2014 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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