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Police chase ends in 82nd Avenue crash

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man led Portland police officers on a short chase before slamming a stolen car into a fire hydrant on Southeast 82nd Avenue on Tuesday.

Surveillance video from the Family Auto Network dealership shows the moment a police officer pulls spike strips out and tries to slow down the speeding car.

The video shows the driver swerve to avoid the spikes and then lose control and crash just a few feet away.

The car took out a hydrant and slammed into a power pole. The impact was so strong, parts of the car engine ended up across the street.

"He had to be going pretty fast because he sheared off the fire hydrant, and to separate a car the way that he did, there had to be a lot of speed behind that car," said Dwayne Fairbanks, who works at Family Auto Network.

Officers said they first spotted the Acura Integra near 92nd Avenue and Market Street at 7:25 a.m.

The suspect drove off before officers could approach the car, which was reported stolen earlier that morning.

The suspect was conscious and breathing, but was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. Criminal charges are pending.

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