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N. Portland woman upset over police handling of driver who slammed into her home

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A driver crashed into two homes in north Portland, tearing up one woman’s front yard and nearly hitting her. No one was hurt, but she and her neighbor are furious and claim police are not holding the driver accountable.
 
The woman, who only wants to be identified as Katie, was smoking a cigarette on her front porch around 3 a.m. Wednesday when she heard a car lose control and jump the curb.
 
“He slammed on the brakes and that’s when his car went straight at me, through the yard," she said. 
 
The car mowed down Katie’s fence, hit her house, smashed into her car and pushed it into her landlord’s house next door. Katie said the driver got out and started to panic.
 
“He told us he didn’t have a license and he was drunk,” Katie said.
 
Police and paramedics arrived and the driver told them he was having asthma problems. Katie said officers didn't listen to her and instead put the driver in an ambulance without giving him a field sobriety test.
 
“The cops said flat out when they were leaving that he wasn’t being cited with anything,” Katie said. “And had they done a Breathalyzer test, they would’ve had no choice but to cite him. You could smell the alcohol on him.”
 
Amelia Naval, Katie's landlord, said police were rude and dismissive to her too. She claims one of the officers told her the damage to her home would only cost $3 to fix and he wrote on the accident report that the damage was “very minor."

Looking at the field of debris in front of her home, Naval can’t believe it. 
 
“I just want to be treated like a human being that’s been hurt,” said Naval. 
 
Katie feels she’s been left with a big mess and a lot of questions.
 
“I just want to know why steps weren’t taken appropriately," she said. 

FOX 12 received a response from a Portland Police Bureau spokesman Wednesday afternoon regarding this incident. Sgt. Pete Simpson said he is looking into the case.

It was not immediately known if the driver had any further police contact after going to the hospital. 

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