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Police arrest driver after chase, car fire in NE Portland

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A 33-year-old man was arrested Thursday after an early morning police chase ended in a car fire.

The chase started with an attempted traffic stop near Fremont Street and 17th Avenue around 5 a.m.

An officer tried to pull over the car, but the driver, whom police identified as 33-year-old Michael Fleming, never came to a complete stop and continued to drive slowly around the neighborhood.

At one point, the car caught fire near Emerson and 26th Avenue, jumped the curb and stopped along a sidewalk there.

"I heard a loud sound that sounded like a bang at first. Then I saw through the curtains these lights and sirens," said a neighbor named Robert, who lives nearby.

Fleming took off on foot, but police arrested him near the crash scene on a charge of attempting to elude.

"We heard a crash. It woke us both up. The next thing we hear is, 'Let me see your hands. Put your hands up. I will shoot you. Do you understand me? I will shoot you,'" said a neighbor. "And we're like, 'I think I'm going to stay in bed.'"

Firefighters responded to put out the car fire.

"When you're in the moment, it's just sort of overwhelming, I guess. That much action, honestly, I didn't know if it was just a car accident or one of the neighbor's cars maybe caught fire or something," added Robert.

A passenger in Fleming's car was detained but ultimately released without charges.

Fleming is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon.

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