While on patrol in Northeast Portland on Monday night, officers attempted to stop a green Mercedes on NE Ainsworth and 15th Avenue. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away, turning northbound on 17th Avenue.
After following the car, officers watched the driver crash into another car on NE Dekum Street, causing the Mercedes to burst into flames.
The male driver and female passenger ran away from the crash into the neighborhood, where they were pursued by officers and a police K-9 unit. The 32-year-old driver was arrested. His passenger and the passengers in the other car were taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, who has not yet been named, will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail after his release from the hospital. Charges have not yet been determined.
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