Jaguar driver sought in Wednesday incident on I-205
Car crashes into truck trying to elude officers, passenger cited
Oregon State Police officers are trying to locate the driver of a car who attempted to elude them early Wednesday on Interstate 205 near Highway 224 before crashing into a commercial truck and fleeing on foot. There were no reported injuries.
According to OSP officials, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Trooper Dessa Deforest stopped a black 1999 Jaguar with Oregon plates at a gas station lot on S.E. King Road and 82nd Avenue for a traffic violation.
Two men then got out of the car and began walking away, at which point Deforest told them to return to the car. When they did, the driver accelerated and drove away.
Another trooper spotted the car at Sunnyside Road as it headed southbound onto Interstate 205 at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Shortly afterward, the car collided with a commercial truck on I-205 near milepost 12, officials said. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Officials said the driver fled the car on foot and, as troopers arrived on the scene, they detained a passenger, Marco Antonio Garcia, 23, of S.E. Portland.
Garcia was not injured or arrested but was cited for Unlawful Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, officials said.
State Police troopers, with help from Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputies and a Portland Police Department canine, searched the area but didn't find the driver, who has not been positively identified. They did find out that the car was not stolen and the driver was not the owner.
The incident restricted to one lane the southbound lanes of I-205 in the area for about two hours.
Anyone with information regarding the driver's identity is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.