Suspect ID'd, arrested in Portland fiery crash

Suspect ID'd, arrested in Portland fiery crash

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by Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 11:00 AM

PORTLAND – A police chase ended in a fiery crash in Northeast Portland early Thursday morning.

Police said the incident began when they tried to pull over 33-year-old Michael Fleming on Northeast 17th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street.

They said Fleming did not stop. Instead, he started doing laps around the neighborhood at speeds of 30 to 45 miles an hour.

The car eventually blew a tire at Northeast 26th Avenue and Northeast Killingsworth Street and crashed into the front yard of a home. The car then caught fire.

Police said Fleming jumped out of the car and ran off, but his 42-year-old male passenger stayed and cooperated with investigators.

Fleming was captured and arrested one block away when he approached the police and asked what the commotion was all about. Officers said he explained that he was sweaty because he had just been doing push-ups in his backyard.

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