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Police: DUII suspect caught after crashing into restaurant where officer was eating

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A DUII suspect was arrested after crashing into a downtown Portland restaurant where a Portland Police Bureau sergeant was having dinner, according to officers. 

Police said a Central Precinct sergeant was having dinner at E-San Thai, 133 S.W. 2nd Ave., at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday when a car crashed into the restaurant through the windows on Pine Street. 

The driver then pulled the car out and drove away.

The sergeant chased the car on foot and eventually a bicycle, while broadcasting information to other officers.

Police said responding officers saw the car on the Morrison Bridge and pursued the driver as he drove down the Southeast Water Avenue ramp.

The driver crashed his vehicle on the ramp and tried to run from officers, but police were able to quickly capture him and arrest him. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

The suspect was identified Thursday as 26-year-old Jeff Sorsdahl. He was cited on charges of DUII, hit and run, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and attempt to elude by vehicle. 

Court records show Sorsdahl has been arrested numerous times since 2009, including multiple charges for speeding and failing to obey a traffic control device. He was also convicted of third-degree sex abuse in 2011.  

One person at the restaurant was taken to a Portland hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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