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Police: Drunk man wrecks havok along Milwaukie street


Suspect found hiding in family's garage; street signs destroyed

by: MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Neighbors find signs destroyed along their residential street in Milwaukie by a hit-and-run driver.Milwaukie residents in the area of 34th Avenue and Sellwood Street in Milwaukie awoke Sunday morning at about 6:13 a.m. to the sound of a forceful crash. They discovered a swath of damage along two blocks of their residential street.

by: MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - A hit-and-run driver Sunday morning damages a parked truck in Milwaukie.Police say on Dec. 2, 31-year-old Aaron Stewart Christensen had crashed his Dodge Crew Cab pickup into a parked truck at the 11600 block of 34th Avenue. He then allegedly drove over the turnabout in the intersection of Sellwood Street, destroying streets signs and landscaping.

The suspect's vehicle apparently continued northbound, overshooting the Washington Street intersection finally coming to rest in a shrub hedge. Christensen ran from the scene, police say, leaving his disabled vehicle behind.

While police investigated the crash scene and searched the area for the hit-and-run driver, a nearby family awoke to find a stranger was hiding inside their home.

After leaving the crash scene, Aaron Christensen found anChristensen unlocked back door of a home in the 11400 block of 35th Avenue. The family sleeping inside didn't realize Christensen had entered their home. The family was awakened by their dog's warning barks. Christensen was hiding in the garage which he had accessed by walking through the inside of the home. The family locked the stranger inside the garage and called 911 at 7:28 a.m.

Police arrested Christensen on criminal charges of driving under the inflence of intoxicants, hit-and-run and criminal trespass. He was also cited for driving while suspended.

Christensen has an extensive driving history, including previous arrests for DUII and reckless driving. He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail.