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Update: man who allegedly rammed police car arrested

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A driver accused of running from police after he rammed his car into a Gresham Police cruiser Friday night has been captured.

Gresham police say Richard Overton, age 40, was arrested without incident near 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street at about 8 p.m. Saturday night.

On Friday night, a Gresham officer fired his gun at Overton's vehicle, shattering the back window, after Overton allegedly throttled his car into a police cruiser near the intersection of 167th Place and Northeast Couch.

A Gresham Police spokesman says police believe Overton was trying to hit the officer with his car intentionally.

Overton fled the scene but was spotted in Portland later that night.  He chased by police but managed to get away in the area of 126th Avenue and Stark Street.

After his arrest Saturday night, Overton was booked into the Multnomah County jail and charged with attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon.  He was also placed on a U.S. Marshal's hold.

Police say Overton has an extensive criminal record that includes assault on police officers.

It's unclear how many shots were fired from the officer's gun during the initial ramming incident. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, as is routine, while detectives continue to investigate. 

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