Chase in Fairview ends with crash, arrest

Police have identified and accused a man of fleeing a traffic stop in Fairview early Monday morning and leading police on a wild pursuit that caused one officer to fire his weapon and ended when the driver lost control and crashed into a marked patrol car, injuring an officer.

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - RUMMERYRichard James Rummery, 30, of Milwaukie, has been arrested under suspicion of felony eluding, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangering and second-degree criminal mischief, said Sgt. Gary Kerby of the Fairview Police Department.

Rummery was booked at the Multnomah County Jail Detention Center, Kerby said.

His court date has yet to be determined.

The suspect's passenger, Renee Irwin, 42, of Fairview, was seriously injured in the crash. She is being treated at a local hospital.

Rummery was not injured.

The Multnomah County deputy who sustained a shoulder injury in the crash has not been named, Kerby said.

At about 12:09 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, a Fairview police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation in the area of Northeast 223rd Avenue and Northeast Townsend Way in Fairview.

According to police, the vehicle failed to stop and drove away recklessly, continuing north on Northeast 223rd Avenue as it reached speeds of more than 70 miles per hour, Kerby said.

At one point, the vehicle came to a dead end road on Northeast 223rd Avenue and Marine Drive. And the driver drove his car directly at the officer following him, Kerby said.

The officer fired his weapon at the car in an effort to avoid being struck, said Kerby, but none of the bullets hit the car. The officer wasn't injured during the incident, he said.

The vehicle then continued south on Northeast 223rd Avenue traveling recklessly.

Officers from surrounding agencies joined in the pursuit.

The driver lost control while making a left turn from southbound Northeast 223rd Avenue to eastbound Northeast Sandy Boulevard and crashed into a Multnomah County patrol car at the intersection.

Police then took Rummery into custody.

The East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team and East Multnomah County Vehicle Crash Team investigated the incident.

More information will be released as it becomes available, Kerby said.

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