Stolen car’s driver smacks police unit, smashes into house

Find out why this suspect should have just given up, instead of trying to flee from the law …

SE Division Street is closed off near the Portland Community College Southeast Campus, as police investigate the crash of a stolen car into a police patrol cruiser.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A car idling in the otherwise empty parking lot of Portland Community College Southeast Campus drew the attention of a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officer at 5:40 p.m., on the evening of October 26.

“The officer determined the car was stolen,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“The driver of the stolen vehicle sped away from police,” Simpson related. “As it exited the parking lot onto SE Division Street at SE 80th Avenue, he crashed into another responding patrol car.”

This stolen car is pulled back from the house on the south side of SE Division Street, into which it crashed.

That patrol car, driven by an East Precinct sergeant, was sent careening into a utility pole. “The suspect vehicle traveled through a field and hit a home,” Simpson added.

Because police originally believed a passenger of the stolen car had run off, a PPB K-9 team was brought in to search the area. It was later found that that suspect had exited the vehicle prior to the brief chase.

Another PPB sergeant who responded to the scene commented, “This was one of our new vehicles; all of the air bags deployed, helping to protect the officer.”

The sergeant was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries, Simpson said. “The suspect was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.”

28-year-old Troy Lynn Harrison MCDC booking photo

After being arrested, 28-year-old Troy Lynn Harrison was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 7:50 p.m. on numerous outstanding warrants.

He was also booked on new charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run/Injury), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle.

The sergeant’s battered car is loaded on a flatbed hauler.

After his arraignment in Multnomah County Court the following day, Harrison was transported to Multnomah County Inverness Jail, where he remains on a Probation Violation Hold, and in lieu of $26,234 bail.

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