Cab slams through Aloha convenience store
No one is injured but Chevron Extra Mile receives major damage
A cab driver smashed through the front of a Chevron Extra Mile, traveling completely inside the Aloha convenience store and slamming into the counter early on the morning of Oct. 28.
The driver said he accidentally accelerated into the store when a male passenger tried to rip him off and threatened him.
That man had already jumped out of the Broadway cab while the driver was trying to call for help but before the taxi crashed into the store, according to the driver's account in a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release.
No one, including the cab driver a 49-year-old Aloha resident was injured in the incident, but the service station store at Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and 185th Avenue was extensively damaged.
Deputies were called to the scene shortly before 2 a.m.
The driver told police he picked up the fare in downtown Portland and delivered him to the front of the store.
The driver said the man offered him a small amount of cash and some marijuana instead of the full fare. He also asked the driver to take him to a different location and threatened him if he didn't.
Moments later, the rider jumped out.
A Beaverton Police Department K9 helped deputies search for the man who fled the cab without success. He was described as a Latino adult, about 5-foot-8 and wearing a black jacket.
The case remains under investigation. Deputies ask anyone with information to call 503-629-0111.