UPDATE-ARREST: Portland Police Arrest Man After Fiery Crash in Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Neighborhood

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May 07, 2013 10:50


The suspect driver involved in Monday night's crash in the Woodlawn neighborhood has been identified as 32-year-old Dewitt Rhodes Jr.

Rhodes was released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Driving While Revoked, and Reckless Endangerment.



This evening, Monday May 6, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., North Precinct officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Northeast Ainsworth Street at 15th Avenue. The vehicle, a green Mercedes, sped away from the officers and turned northbound on 17th Avenue.

The officers did not pursue the vehicle but followed behind to see where the vehicle went and they saw it crash into a Honda and a yard at 17th and Northeast Dekum Street.

As officers arrived, the Mercedes burst into flames and the driver ran into the neighborhood after helping his female passenger out of the car.

Officers called for Portland Fire & Rescue to respond to attend to the vehicle fire and to treat the passenger and the other driver for injuries suffered in the crash.

Additional officers and a police K-9 unit arrived and searched the neighborhood, locating the 32-year-old male driver and taking him into custody.

The suspect, passenger and the other driver were all taken to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail after his release from the hospital. Charges have not yet been determined.



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