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Police officer hurt by drunk driver sues city, restaurant

A Portland police officer injured in a February 2015 collision with a drunk driver is suing the city of Portland, the drunk driver who hit her patrol car and the bar that served him.

East Precinct Officer Allison Renander is seeking $14,301 in medical costs, $4,600 in lost wages and at least $300,000 in noneconomic damages in a lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 22, in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Defendants include Gary Clark, the 58-year-old Portland man who was convicted for driving drunk in the collision with Renander’s patrol car, the Tik Tok Restaurant and Bar on Southeast Division Street, and the city of Portland.

Clark was driving a 1987 Dodge pickup at about 11:45 p.m. Feb. 27, 2015, when his truck slammed into the rear of Renander’s 2009 Crown Victoria patrol car on Southeast Stark Street near 155th Avenue as she responded to a domestic violence call. The collision knocked Renander unconscious. When she awoke, she told an officer who responded to the accident that she could not feel her legs.

Renander is a seven-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. According to the complaint, she suffered a serious head injury, “including a mild traumatic brain injury and a cephalohematoma, a cervical strain, temporomandibular joint disorder with recurring muscle spasms and post-concussive syndrome.”

Renander was hospitalized for several days because of the injuries.

Clark told officers responding to the accident that he had “a couple of beers” and had taken morphine and Percocet earlier in the day. He pleaded guilty in late September 2015 to driving while intoxicated.

Renander’s lawsuit claims the Tik Tok Restaurant was negligent for serving Clark alcohol prior to the collision “at a time when he was visibly intoxicated.” Richard Alhadeff, an owner of Tik Tok, told KOIN News 6 that he would not comment on the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, Renander claimed that the city of Portland limited the amount it would pay to victims of uninsured drivers, forcing her to seek compensation through the court. The city has not commented on Renander’s pending litigation.

No court date has been set for the lawsuit.