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Motorist turns badly on 82nd - rams cop

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - A Portland Police Traffic Division Officer begins the crash investigation, with the wreck itself visible in the background. The call came in on February 19 at 5:43 p.m. – there had been a two-car collision right in the middle of the intersection of S.E. Foster Road and 82nd Avenue of Roses.

But, this smashup wasn’t called in by a bystander. Instead, it came from a Portland Police Officer who notified the 9-1-1 Center that the new patrol car he was driving had been damaged in a mid-intersection smashup.

According to witness Carmen Chavez, who had been behind the car she said was responsible for the accident, her car and the other were driving northbound on S.E. 82nd, and had moved into the left hand turn lane, to turn west on Foster Road.

“The [left-hand turn signal] light turned yellow, and I thought about going through,” Chavez said. “But I saw a police car across the street, and decided not to; I stopped.”

But, the car in front of hers decided to go through the now-red left-hand turn signal anyway, she said – but then hesitated, noticing the patrol car southbound, heading toward it in the intersection.

“Then it looked like the driver just stepped on the gas, and tried to beat out the cop car,” reported Andrew Macena, who was looking out the window of the Taco Time restaurant on the corner when it happened. “It hit the police car nearly head-on.”

Although the result was a relatively low-speed crash, the impact was sufficient to set off the airbag in the small four-door car whose operator, witnesses said, had certainly made a poor driving decision.

Paramedics riding Woodstock’s Fire Engine 25 checked the occupants, and turned over medical care to the crew of an AMR ambulance, who remained parked in the middle of 82nd Avenue for some time, treating patients.

There’s no official word about the cause of this accident, or if traffic citations were issued. We do know for sure that at least one police officer will be available as a witness, should this motor vehicle accident go to court.