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High-speed crash, arrest could lead to lawsuit

A Colton man plans to sue Clackamas County for a May 8 car crash that seemed to play out like a scene from a movie.

According to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office records, around 1 p.m. that day Philip Dean Boyd saw a sheriff’s vehicle and sped away, crashing into Barry Allan’s truck near the intersection of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Southeast Risley Avenue in Oak Grove.

“It was quite a scene, actually,” said Allan’s lawyer, Gregory Kafoury.

According to Kafoury, Allan stumbled from his vehicle and began taking pictures of the crash scene with his cell phone. A sheriff's deputy pulled a gun on Boyd, who hid behind the door of his vehicle.

“Finally, the bad guy makes a run for it and runs right past my client,” Kafoury said. That’s when Allan, who has suffered from a back injury since the 1980s in addition to the injuries he received during the crash, gives chase to the alleged perpetrator, who trips and falls. Allan, according to his account, held Boyd while the deputy handcuffed him.

“His injuries were only temporarily overcome by his adrenaline and innate heroism,” said Kafoury.

He added that Allan, who works on auto bodies for a living, suffered significant and permanent damage to his left hand, in addition to a hurt right knee and worsened chronic neck and back pain.

Allan plans to file a lawsuit within the next month claiming that Clackamas County is responsible for compensation because the deputy was engaging in a high-speed chase of Boyd without sirens or emergency lights.

“My client would have never ventured into the street from the adjoining parking lot had he been alerted to the fact that a dangerous condition was rapidly approaching,” Kafoury wrote in a July 23 tort claim notice to the county.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Allan assisted in the arrest but denied that the officer was in a high-speed pursuit. “He (Boyd) wasn’t technically being chased at that point, but he did crash,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Bryon O’Neil.

Boyd was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges of interfering with a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving, hit and run and third-degree assault.




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