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Accused impaired driver plows into Fred Meyer near Foster

by: David F. Ashton Police arrested 37-year-old Dustin Kelly Abercrombie -- there seated on the curb – after he tried to explain how he happened to drive into the Fred Meyer Red Tag store on S.E. 82nd Avenue, just north of Foster Road, on the day after Thanksgiving.

Fortunately, the Fred Meyer Red Tag Store at 5035 S.E. 82nd Avenue Portland - just to the north of the main S.E. Foster Road store - closes at 7 pm, as it did on the evening of Friday, November 25.

'I don't know if the guy was trying to turn around in the parking lot, or what,' said witness Andre Greene, 'But, he had the car going good enough to jump a pretty high curb, and smash into the front doors of the store.'

When we tried to speak with the store's manager, a security guard asked us to leave the property. But, even from the distant vantage point of S.E. Mitchell Street - which separates the two stores - the damage done to the this Fred Meyer outlet was clear: The eight-foot high steel frames of the doors were knocked off their hinges, and safety glass had peeled off like a giant, glassine ribbon.

Parked next to the curb was a white, 1998 Chevrolet Metro coupe - with front end damage.

An East Precinct police officer confirmed there were no injuries, and that medical assistance wasn't needed.

While we observed the scene, a PPB Traffic Division officer wheeled up on his motorcycle, and began assessing the driver with field sobriety tests.

Concerning this case, PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson later reported, '37-year-old Dustin Kelly Abercrombie of Southeast Portland was arrested for DUII (Drugs and Alcohol), and Reckless Driving.'

According to MCDC records, Abercrombie was booked - and released on his own recognizance.