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Mercedes burns, driver arrested

Police have arrested the driver of a Mercedes that crashed into a Honda and a yard in Northeast Portland and burst into flames Monday evening.

Dewitt Rhodes Jr., 32, is charged with assault in the third degree, attempt to elude in a vehicle, reckless driving, hit and run, driving while revoked, and reckless endangerment.

The name of this passenger and the other driver were not immediately available. All three were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

According to police, at 8:00 p.m. on May 6, North Precinct officers attempted to stop a green Mercedes on Northeast Ainsworth Street at 15th Avenue. It sped away from the officers and turned northbound on 17th Avenue.

The officers did not pursue the Mercedes, but followed behind to see where it went. They then saw it crash into a Honda and a yard at 17th and Northeast Dekum Street.

As officers arrived, the Mercedes burst into flames. The male driver ran into the neighborhood after helping his female passenger out of the car.

Officers called for Portland Fire & Rescue to respond to the vehicle fire and to treat the passenger and the other driver for injuries suffered in the crash.

Additional officers and a police K-9 unit arrived and searched the neighborhood, locating the suspect and taking him into custody.