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Citizens chase down suspect in injury hit-and-run

Citizens helped catch an alleged drunken driver who fled the scene of a crash, leaving behind a critically injured victim, on Tuesday, June 11.

Edward A. Gomez, 33, is being held on $270,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of second- and third-degree assault, drunken driving, reckless driving, hit and run, and two counts of criminal mischief. He also is being held on a no-bail hold for violating his parole or probation.

Witnesses estimate Gomez was driving 70 mph southbound on Northeast Hogan Road near Division Street when he T-boned a 1995 Saturn heading east on Division as it turned left onto northbound Hogan at about 5:20 p.m., said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police Department spokesman.

Gomez allegedly got out of his vehicle, looked around and ran away on foot. Citizens who saw the accident followed and chased down Gomez, who eventually stopped. Witnesses then pointed Gomez out to responding police officers who arrested him without further incident.

'One witness even said Gomez tried to take somebody's bike to assist in his flight from justice,' Grandjean said.

The Saturn's driver, Ryan Conger, 19, of Gresham, and his passenger, Katie Buddeau, 15, were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center. Conger suffered a broken pelvis, injured spleen and a concussion, and was listed in critical condition. Buddeau was listed in serious condition with two broken ribs and a concussion.

Gomez faces allegations of assault stemming from injuries sustained by those in the other vehicle. The criminal mischief allegations are for damage he did when the impact of the crash knocked his car and the victim's car into a nearby Toyota lot, damaging two vehicles for sale.