PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Portland Police said a man was in custody after using a pickup truck to get into police vehicles before escaping on Wednesday.
At 11:29 a.m., officers were dispatched to report a brawl in the 600 block of Southwest College Street. An officer on another stolen vehicle call learned that the scuffle may have involved a stolen 2015 cargo van he was reporting on.
An officer found the stolen van with Brian D. Denault, 32, inside near Southwest Broadway and Southwest Jackson Street. The officer applied a spiked band to deflate the tires and minimize the danger to the public. Other officers arrived and when they asked Denault to get out of the van, he started it, rolled over the spike strips, crashed into two police vehicles and then fled on foot.
Officers briefly lost sight of him and established a perimeter. He was located again but jumped a fence and continued to run. Officers were able to arrest him, but said the suspect spat in the face of two officers. Police determined he was also driving impaired.
One of the police vehicles was so damaged that it had to be towed.
Denault was incarcerated at the Multnomah County Detention Center for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempted escape felony, attempted escape offense, reckless driving, two counts of aggravated harassment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, non-compliance with the duties of a driver-damage to property, and several warrants.
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