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Convicted sex offender caught in Gresham

by: Contributed photo, Ronald Michael Powers

A convicted sex offender faces a host of felony charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase, elbowing a deputy in the face and giving drugs to a minor and her mother.

Ronald Michael Powers, 22, of Gresham is charged with rape, sexual abuse, distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, assaulting a police officer, failing to register as a sex offender, eluding and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. All are felony charges.

Powers is also charged with several misdemeanors, including contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

A Multnomah County Sheriff's deputy spotted Powers in a stolen truck early Thursday morning, April 5, near Corbett, according to a police press release. The suspect allegedly sped away at 100 mph down a rural road before crashing the vehicle and sprinting away.

The deputy tackled Powers, who allegedly elbowed him and slipped into nearby woods.

Police caught up with him later that night at a Gresham home in the 800 block of Northeast Havienda Court, where he was apparently living with a woman and her 15-year-old daughter. Powers, who is charged with sexually abusing the girl, allegedly jumped from a second-story window onto a garage roof, then onto the roof of a neighboring home. Police hit him in the neck with a bean-bag round, and Powers was captured a short time later.

He was being held Friday, April 6, on $202,500 bond at the Multnomah County Detention Center.