Driver flees with Homeland Security officer clinging to car
Officer hangs on to car door for 150 feet in reverse
The Gresham Police Department reported on a driver who fled the scene of a hit and run with a Homeland Security officer clinging to the door of his car in reverse for 150 feet. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17 and the officer was unharmed. The driver, Sean P. Hacker, 33, of Gresham, was arrested later after a police dog chased him down.
Following is the dramatic report from Gresham police public information officer, Lt. Claudio Grandjean:
It began when the off-duty Homeland Security officer observed a person driving a black Lexus driven by Hacker eastbound on Northeast Glisan (Street) make a right turn onto southbound Northeast 223rd. The vehicle spun out, leaving it facing northbound in the southbound lanes. The vehicle had hit a tree that was part of the landscaping on the sidewalk just north of the intersection.
The officer stopped and identified himself with the intention of intervening. Instead, the driver was attempting to flee, so the officer reached into the car to try to take the keys.
The driver drove off southbound in reverse with the officer hanging onto the door for about 150 feet. When the driver suddenly stopped, the officer let go and was able to escape without any injury. The driver continued until he reached the driveway of the Crunch Fitness, 355 Northeast 223rd, where he tried to turn around, while still driving in reverse. In doing so, he hit a raised curb and his car was disabled. He was seen fleeing on foot from the second crash. Officers were able to set up a perimeter and a police canine was deployed. The canine tracked him to a swampy area west of the location. Hacker then ran from this area and to waiting officers in the perimeter, where he was taken into custody without incident.
He is being charged with a variety of crimes related to this incident and will be lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. There were no injuries related to this incident. There was property damage to Hacker's vehicle and the landscaping.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT