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Truck crash leads to arrest

by: Contributed photo, Shaun McCuen

FAIRVIEW - A 19-year-old man faces multiple charges after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle in Fairview while possessing methamphetamine and personal documents taken from other vehicles.

Shaun McCuen stole a Ford F-150 truck in Southeast Portland around 1 a.m. Thursday, March 8, said Fairview Police Officer Neel O'Donnell. McCuen was apparently speeding when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve in the 2200 block of Northeast 201st Avenue. The truck came to rest in some shrubbery.

'He must have been flying,' O'Donnell said.

McCuen then went across the street to an apartment complex and broke into a Ford Explorer and stole a stereo, O'Donnell said. A resident witnessed the crime and told the complex's manager and his son, who wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him for O'Donnell.

McCuen's backpack held numerous types of personal documents that didn't belong to him, the officer said, including birth certificates, W2 tax forms, credit cards, checks, vehicle registration and insurance cards and bills. At the jail, a further search revealed the suspect allegedly possessing 0.04 of an ounce of methamphetamine.

McCuen, who was being held in the Inverness Jail on $65,000 bond, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a vehicle and criminal mischief, all felonies. He also faces misdemeanor charges of theft and unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.

In addition, O'Donnell has linked the documents to at least 20 cases in Portland and one in Newport.

In addition to the above charges, McCuen will likely face multiple charges of identity theft and possibly forgery.

O'Donnell said he has helped eight victims get their documents back, so far.

For more information on the case, call Fairview police at 503-674-6200.