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Police: Driver rams patrol cars in SE Portland, one officer injured

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A Portland police officer was injured after a suspect rammed his truck into two patrol cars during a chase in southeast Portland on Friday.

The Portland Police Bureau said around 3:39 a.m. an officer attempted to stop a 1989 Jeep Comanche pickup truck near Southeast 100th Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard.

Multiple officers had observed the Jeep driving recklessly.

Police said an officer activated his lights and sirens and attempted to pull the driver over, but the Jeep failed to stop.

Officers chased the suspect and performed multiple pursuit intervention techniques. Police were able to successfully flatten the Jeep’s tires with spike strips.

Officers said they attempted a PIT maneuver, but the suspect was able to drive out of it.

Police attempted to box the Jeep in at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Southeast Foster Road, at which time the suspect rammed into two police vehicles, according to officers.

Police successfully boxed-in the suspect’s vehicle. After giving the driver commands, he was taken into custody.

Andrew D. Lentz, 33, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of reckless driving, criminal mischief, attempt to elude by vehicle and failure to perform the duties of a driver involving property. 

The injured officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was released later Friday morning. 

Foster Road near 72nd Avenue was closed in both directions during the investigation. 

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