ODOT: Inmate steals truck during work crew cleanup in NE Portland, on the run

Scott Smith booking photo

A search has been launched for a Multnomah County Jail inmate who stole an Oregon Department of Transportation truck and drove away from his work crew in northeast Portland.

ODOT told FOX 12 the inmate was cleaning up trash and debris in the 9400 block of Northeast Hancock Drive Thursday. ODOT officials were at the site with the work crew because they were on property managed by the department.

Around 12:22 p.m., the inmate, identified by deputies as 25-year-old Scott M. Smith of Portland, stole an ODOT work truck that was reportedly unlocked and left running and drove away.

The truck was found a short time after it was stolen, but Smith was not located.

Officers searched a residence on the 1700 block of Northeast 52nd Avenue where Smith was thought to be located.

Alec Dobrin spoke to FOX 12 and said he watched as officers searched for Smith.

"They apparently went through the house, backyard, front yard, and the house was clear, they didn't find anybody," said Dobrin.

Smith was not at the home and officers continue to investigate and search the area.

Smith was last seen wearing tan Carhartt pants, a green jacket, and black work boots. He is described by police as being 6 feet 1 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos including some that can be seen on his neck.

Portland police and Multnomah County deputies are asking the public to call 911 with any information and to remind the public to not approach the suspect.

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