Fleeing shoplifting suspects involved in two-vehicle crash
Two people were hospitalized Saturday evening after their vehicle was involved in a crash with a vehicle carrying two shoplifting suspects in Southeast Portland.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
The suspects were arrested a short time later.
The driver, Christopher Jones II, 36, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.
The passenger, Tiffany Treneice Goudy, 36, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude on Foot and Theft in the Second Degree.
According to police, at 8:57 p.m. on Aug. 22, East Precinct officers responded to Kohl's department store in Northeast Portland's Gateway District, on the report of a theft-in-progress. As officers were responding to the store, a Loss Prevention Officer provided them with descriptions of the suspects and an associated vehicle.
When officers arrived, they located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop for police, however, and led officers on a short traffic pursuit. Police say the officers stopped pursuing the suspect due to concerns over public safety, but the driver continued to drive at a high rate of speed away from police.
A short time later, an officer at Southeast 102nd Avenue and Washington Street came upon a two vehicle crash. The officer later learned that one of the vehicles was carrying the shoplifting suspects, who ran away from the crash.
Officers and medical personnel began treating two occupants of the other vehicle, both of whom were transported to Portland hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both suspects were quickly located and arrested in the area.