GRESHAM -- A Gresham woman said she was flashed while driving home New Year's Eve, but when she tried to file a police report, the Gresham police officer refused to take her seriously.
"In the very first sentence of the call (the officer) said, 'I don't even know why you want to talk to me,'" recalled 20-year-old Brenna White. "I was very clear. I told him 'I want to talk to you because I want to file a report.'"
White said she was driving home around 10 p.m. New Year's Eve when she noticed a driver trying to keep pace with her near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. When she reached Southeast 162nd Avenue, she looked down at the driver from her pickup truck.
"(The driver) was just staring me down, exposed and just masturbating," said White. "He was trying to maintain eye contact with me and keep his car perfectly paced with mine."
White moved behind the driver, got his license plate number, make, model and a description of the suspect.
"What's this guy capable of if he's willing to follow along next to me and do this," said White.
White believed police would agree with her, but when she tried to file a report, she said the Gresham police officer she talked with a couple hours later dismissed her, refusing to take a report and questioning how she'd managed to get such a detailed description.
"I informed him that I drive a pickup truck, and I was looking down into the guys' vehicle, and that I wanted a good description of him because he was committing a crime," said White.
Recently, a rash of similar incidents have been reported in Washington County where a man has been exposing himself to female baristas in drive-thru coffee stands.
White said it took at least five calls over three days, but at 10 p.m. Thursday, an officer finally took her report.
"We're going to look into where the ball was dropped," said Gresham Police Lt. Claudio Grandjean, adding that police are addressing the mistake internally, and investigating the alleged flasher.
"Hopefully we can get to the bottom of it," said Grandjean. "We appreciate that (White) gave us a chance to rectify (the mistake)."
White said the Gresham police officer who eventually took her report was apologetic and very professional. Still, she said it hurt that her credibility as a victim was ever questioned, especially by a police officer.
"When crimes are committed it's not OK to just dismiss someone," said White.
White described the suspect's car as a white newer Subaru, possibly a Forester with a ski rack on top. She said the flasher was a white man in his 20s with a clean-shaven face, dark hair and dark eyes.