Ooops: Drunk driver plows into cop car

Look, and see why it’s a good thing the police cruiser was blocking the Avenue of Roses at the time …

Police close down NE 82nd Avenue of Roses in Parkrose, to investigate after a car strikes a pedestrian – and then an allegedly drunk driver rams a police car, complicating the situation.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers had closed of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses between NE Prescott Street and Sandy Boulevard about 9:39 p.m. on March 10, in order to investigate a car vs. pedestrian collision.

“While officers were conducting a crash investigation, a passing vehicle crashed into a marked police car that was blocking the northbound lanes of traffic,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“The police car’s emergency lights were on at the time of the crash, but fortunately, no officers were inside,” Simpson added.

Police work to clear two highway accidents.

While emergency first-responders tended to the struck down pedestrian, who reportedly suffered serious – but not life-threatening – injuries, they now had to deal with this second crash at the same location.

“Officers contacted the driver, determined that she was under the influence of alcohol, and took her into custody,” Simpson said.

Charged with being intoxicated while driving is 22-year-old Kiri Anna Guthridge. MCDC booking photo

22-year-old Kiri Anna Guthridge was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 11:31 p.m. that evening on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and Reckless Driving.

The next day, Guthridge was out of jail. Records show the reason given for her release: Released on Own Recognizance. But she’ll still have to face the charges in court.

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