PORTLAND – A man crashed into multiple vehicles and hurt a 4-year-old girl during a police chase near Highway 26 Friday.
Just after 2 p.m., deputies were trying to stop 29-year-old Leonel Zamora Jr. at Southwest Canyon Road and Southwest Walker Road because they knew he was driving with a suspended license, said Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
When deputies tried to pull Zamora over, he took off and collided with 42-year-old Dena Whitney who was driving with her 6-month-old son at Southwest 110th Avenue and Southwest Canyon Road, Thompson said.
Whitney had minor injuries and her son was not injured.
Zamora then sped off with deputies in pursuit onto Highway 217 northbound. As he was merging near Highway 26, Zamora drove over a concrete median and crashed into a car on the freeway. Behind the wheel was 31-year-old Michael Rothenfluch who was with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, Thompson said.
Rothenfluch's daughter was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Zamora got out of the car and took off on foot, hopping a barrier that separates east and west lanes of Highway 26.
Deputies caught up to Zamora on nearby MAX tracks. He was arrested and booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of assault, felony hit and run, reckless driving and attempting to elude an officer.