Portland officer injured after driver rams patrol cars, police say

Driver rams Portland police cars, injures officer

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Officers took a man into custody after they said he rammed police cars and sent an officer to the hospital during a Friday morning chase.

Portland Police identified 33-year-old Andrew D. Lentz as the man who led police on the pursuit. Lentz is in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of attempt to elude, reckless driving, four counts of second-degree criminal mischief and hit-and-run (property).

The officer was released from the hospital several hours later, said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

Early Friday morning, East Precinct officers noticed a reckless driver near Southeast 104th Avenue and Holgate Street. A pursuit eventually started near 122nd Avenue and Foster Road.

Sgt. Burley said officers deployed spike strips to puncture the Jeep’s tires, but Lentz kept going. Police also tried to use their cars to push Lentz's car and cause it to spin out, but Lentz was able to continue.

Police were able to box the driver in near Southeast 72nd Avenue and Foster Road, but he rammed two police cars. Eventually officers boxed the vehicle in again, and were able to take Lentz into custody.

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