UPDATE: Officers Injured After Driver Strikes Patrol Vehicle (Photo)

May 20, 2019 06:56

  

The officers injured in this morning's crash along McLoughlin Boulevard were treated and released from the hospital. One officer was injured in the arm and the other in the leg. The suspect in the assault was knocked to the ground but did not appear to be injured.
After conducting an investigation, the PPB Traffic Division determined that a black 2004 Cadillac being driven by George J. Goines, Jr., 41, hit the left rear corner of one of two police vehicles stopped on the right side of the road. At the time of the crash, both police vehicles' emergency overhead lights were activated. The impact tore off the left rear wheel of the police vehicle and caused the Cadillac to spin most of the way around (photos).

Traffic officers issued a citation to Goines for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

"We have an increasing amount of officers being injured due to impaired driving," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I am thankful the officer was not more seriously hurt. Thank you to the members of our Traffic Division who work tirelessly to investigate these serious crashes."

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390.

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On May 19, 2019 at 1:55 A.M., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of an assault on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard north of Southeast Tacoma Street in the Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood. At 2:23 A.M., while the officers were outside of their patrol vehicle, a vehicle traveling northbound on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard crashed into the back of the patrol vehicle. The impact sent the police vehicle forward, hitting two officers. Both officers and the driver of the involved vehicle were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is responding to assume the crash investigation. Northbound McLoughlin Boulevard is closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Bybee Boulevard while that investigation proceeds.

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