Fleeing criminal suspect nabbed by police dog

See how this released felon made good his escape, but was soon apprehended …

What looks like a drug deal in an outer East Portland motel parking lot draws several police units – after which, a fleeing driver smashes into a patrol car.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Lodgers at the Red Roof Inn, located at 3828 NE 82nd Avenue, became concerned when they believed they saw drug deals taking place in the parking lot on Saturday evening, October 7, and called the 9-1-1 Center to report the transactions.

A Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officer responded to the location, and pulled into the lot at 9:34 p.m. She didn’t see drug deals happening, but did see two vehicles make a hasty and reckless departure from the lot.

“The officer stopped in a parking lot near the Red Roof Inn, at which time the officer attempted to contact the drivers of the vehicles,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Chris Burley.

More officers blanket the area, looking for the suspect who ran from them.

“While the officer attempted to contact the drivers, the driver of one of the vehicles backed his car into the officer’s patrol car, damaging it,” Burley said.

The officer wasn’t hurt, and immediately broadcast information about the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle and actions. Additional officers flooded into the area, searched the side streets, and located the suspect’s unoccupied vehicle.

Police K-9 “Mac” nosed out the suspect, who had been hiding from officers. Portland Police Bureau photo

A K-9 team came and began tracking the suspect. “Officers, with the guidance of K-9 ‘Mac’ and his partner, performed a neighborhood search and located the suspect hiding under a tarp in the 5900 block of NE Failing Street,” Burley said.

Running didn’t help 45-year-old Billy Phillip Henry escape the police; nosed out by a police K-9, he was arrested, and is now in jail. MCDC booking photo

The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Billy Phillip Henry, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 11:35 p.m. that evening – on an arrest warrant for Attempt Elude by Vehicle, and on charges of Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

After his arraignment, some of the charges were dropped, but not all of them; Henry remains in custody at Inverness Jail in lieu of $50,000 combined bail.

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