May 13, 2013 16:30This afternoon, Portland Police officers identified the suspect in this morning's hit and run incidents on I-5 southbound.
A community member called 9-1-1 this afternoon around 1:25 p.m., and reported seeing the suspect vehicle in the area of Northeast 42nd Avenue and Sumner Street. Officers responded the area and stopped the vehicle, driven by 60-year-old Allen Jay Collins.
After speaking with members of Collins' family, officers took him to a Portland hospital for some medical and mental health issues.
Collins was given citations in connection with four different hit and run crashes; Three were reported initially and officers learned of a fourth, on I-5 southbound near Fremont.
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This morning, Monday May 13, 2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of multiple hit and run crashes on I-5 southbound, near the Killingsworth Street overpass.
Officers contacted three victims who told police that a vehicle was swerving in and out of traffic and drove in-between the left and middle lanes, hitting cars along the way. The suspect vehicle is believed to have continued onto I-405 southbound.
Traffic was moving very slowly and there were no reported injuries to the drivers of the three victims vehicles.
The suspect vehicle was described as a white and black 1980s Chevy El Camino, with an Oregon license plate similar to 559EYN. The driver was described as an older African American male.
Anyone seeing this vehicle should call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.
Sgt. Pete Simpson