PORTLAND – A motorcycle cop narrowly avoided getting run over after a suspect backed into his bike during a traffic stop Wednesday, police said.
Just before 5 p.m., the officer pulled over 34-year-old Robert Joseph Gilliam III for speeding at North Williams Avenue and North Webster Street, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
As the officer was putting down his kickstand and getting off the bike, Gilliam hit reverse and plowed his SUV into him, Simpson said. The officer was able to stay on his feet and draw his gun as the bike hit the ground.
Gilliam stopped and obeyed the officers’ commands as other cops swarmed to the scene.
Police arrested Gilliam who was wanted on an outstanding parole violation warrant for first-degree assault. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on additional charges of attempted assault, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.
The officer only had a minor knee injury from the crash.