GRESHAM, Ore --- A reckless driver in a stolen SUV caused a five-car crash around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Gresham police.
Officers were pursuing a Jeep Wrangler reported stolen from an auto auction yard Northeast 235th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, but they stopped the chase for safety reasons.
Then the suspect in the stolen SUV continued to drive in a dangerous manner, according to Sgt. Claudio Grandjean with the Gresham Police Department. Minutes later, the SUV crashed into three other vehicles and flying debris damaged a fourth. The stolen SUV came to a stop at West Powell Boulevard and Northwest Eastman Parkway.
Grandjean said the suspect ran from the accident scene but didn’t get far. A police dog was brought in and picked up his scent. The man was found hiding in a garbage can near Northwest Sleret Avenue and arrested.
The suspect was later identified by police as Matthew Magistrale, 24, an area homeless man. He faces several charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, felony failure to perform duties of a driver, felony elude, unauthorized use of a vehicle, assault and a Clackamas County warrant for escape.
Of the crash victims, one man was taken to a nearby hospital with traumatic injuries and a second person suffered unspecified injuries, police said.
The Gresham crash investigations team was brought in gather evidence.