December 18, 2013 22:55
The three people arrested today have been identified as 27-year-old Michael James Allen, 23-year-old Kathryn Ann Eisenblatter, and 20-year-old Jaymie Anne Weaver-Butler.
All three will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on outstanding warrants.
The driver, Michael Allen, is expected to face multiple additional charges as the investigation continues.
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Earlier today, members of the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force located a 27-year-old male in Vancouver, Washington wanted on an Oregon parole violation warrant. The suspect was also involved in "Operation White Christmas," a joint-Federal and State investigation led by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office into drug trafficking, firearms and stolen property.
Officers from the Vancouver Police Department responded to the area of Southeast Columbia Shores Boulevard and Columbia River Drive in Vancouver to assist the Marshals with the arrest. The suspect, along with two females, sped away from law enforcement in a white Ford pick-up truck with "U-Haul" stickers on the body and led police on a high-speed pursuit onto I-5 southbound into the State of Oregon.
Portland Police Bureau officers assigned to North Precinct took over the pursuit when it reached Portland and according to preliminary information, the suspect tried to ram police officers in marked police cars on multiple occasions as he fled arrest in the truck.
At North Trenton Street and Hodge Avenue an officer hit and possibly rammed the pick-up truck, bringing an end to the pursuit. Multiple cover officers arrived and boxed-in the vehicle so it could not leave the scene and all three occupants of the truck were taken into custody without incident. None of the occupants was injured.
The officer involved in the possible ram is a 21-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury and is being treated by medical personnel.
Under Police Bureau policy, using a vehicle to ram another vehicle is a use of deadly force and as such a full investigation is underway. Representatives at the scene or briefed on the investigation include the Detective Division, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Professional Standards Division, Training Division, and Office of Independent Police Review (IPR). The investigation also includes the Vancouver (WA) Police Department, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force.
Chief Mike Reese responded to the scene and has been briefed on the initial information.
The name of the suspect will be released after he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail, which is not expected for several hours.
Per Police Bureau policy, the officer's name will be released in 24 hours. As is standard procedure, the officer will be placed on paid leave until the completion of the investigation.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204