Reckless driver drags Beaverton police officer

Portland man arrested after Sunday night incident; officer 'sore, but fine'
by: Submitted photo, Beaverton police arrested 28-year-old Ezekiel Kirk Stroschein Sunday night after an assault on a police officer.

A Beaverton police officer suffered several abrasions and bruises Sunday night after being dragged nearly 150 feet by a 1982 maroon Volvo 240 when its driver sped away during a traffic stop.

Police arrested 28-year-old Portland resident Ezekiel Kirk Stroschein and lodged him in Washington County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree escape, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, eluding police, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, identity theft and driving while suspended.

Just after 11:30 p.m., Officer James Patrick initiated a traffic stop after noticing that the Volvo did not have a functioning license plate light.

Officer Patrick pulled Stroschein over for the equipment violation in the OnPoint Community Credit Union lot near the intersection of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and Walker Road.

During the stop, Stroschein reportedly refused to provide his operator's license, registration and proof of insurance even though he was asked several times, said Sgt. Paul Wandell, Beaverton police spokesman.

As Officer Patrick stood near the driver's door, Stroschein shifted the vehicle into gear and accelerated quickly.

'The wheels of Stroschein's vehicle were positioned in such a way that caused the vehicle to turn into the officer instead of moving directly forward,' Wandell said. 'Officer Patrick attempted to get away from the vehicle by pushing off the driver's door frame.

'However, his hands slipped and he fell partially into the vehicle.'

Stroschein continued to drive towards an exit in the parking lot while dragging the officer about 125 to 150 feet.

The officer was eventually thrown to the ground after Stroschein's Volvo rolled over a curb and struck a wall, blowing a tire and bending a rim in the process.

Stroschein sped away from the scene and ditched the damaged Volvo several blocks away.

Police responding to the incident spotted the suspect running in downtown Beaverton.

Officer Andrew Halbert ran after the suspect and tackled him to the ground. Stroschein was taken into custody without further incident.

Officer Patrick, who has served with the Beaverton Police Department since March 2003, did not need to be transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

'He's sore, but he's doing fine,' Wandell said.