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Police: Two men arrested after jumping out of moving, stolen car in SE Portland

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Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., David Alexander Mellis, jail booking photo Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., David Alexander Mellis, jail booking photo
File image of Portland Police Bureau K-9 Billy (Photo: PPB) File image of Portland Police Bureau K-9 Billy (Photo: PPB)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two men were arrested after jumping out of a moving car and trying to run from officers in southeast Portland, according to police.

An officer attempted to stop a 1994 Toyota Camry near Southeast Harney Drive and Flavel Drive at 9:23 p.m. Monday.

Police said the driver did not stop and led the officer on a chase to Southeast 77th Avenue and Carlton Street.

The driver and passenger both got out of the car as it was still moving and ran in different directions, according to police. The car continued to roll before coming to a stop against a parking sign.

Investigators said the car was reported stolen on March 8.

The passenger, identified as 26-year-old David Alexander Mellis, was quickly caught by police. Officers set up a perimeter around the neighborhood as a K-9 team searched for the driver.

Police said K-9 Billy tracked the driver to a garden shed near a home on the 7600 block of Southeast Carlton Street.

Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., 27, came out of hiding and was taken into custody by police.

Sanchez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, attempt to elude by vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Mellis was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

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