SERT arrests man after Portland policeman struck in face

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A motorcyclist who struck a Portland police sergeant and ran away was later captured by SERT officers.

The incident began early Tuesday morning when officers stopped the rider, who was recklessly driving a motorcycle at Southeast Tolman Street and 83rd Avenue. Officers learned the plates were stolen.

The rider sped off. Police began a short pursuit, catching and then fighting with the rider. The sergeant was struck in the face and the suspect was able to run off. Officers then realized he was armed.

Police started to establish a perimeter as the man was running through yards and climbed atop a building at Bybee and 82nd.

East Precinct officers were able to surround the man, but could not get him to surrender. SERT officers were called out and ee was taken into custody without incident.

James E. Galloway, 26, was accused of assaulting a public safety officer, interfering with a police officer, second-degree criminal trespass, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and second-degree escape.

The sergeant who was struck was not seriously injured. Anyone with information was asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.


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