Portland pursuit ends when SUV hits building

Portland pursuit ends when SUV hits building

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by Collette Wieland and Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 9:26 PM

PORTLAND -- A police chase ended when an SUV crashed through the wall of a building in Southeast Portland Thursday morning.

Portland police officers attempted to pull over a Dodge Durango at Southeast 119th Avenue and Clinton Street after it was involved in possible drug activity nearby, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“The driver of the Durango did not stop for police and attempted to elude police by driving around the block twice, striking two parked cars," Simpson said. "Then crashing into the back of a small office complex at 2809 Southeast 122nd Avenue."

The vehicle crashed into the rear of the building and the impact shattered the front window.

"It was a sound I’ve never heard before," said neighbor Sharon Hughes, "like a jet engine taking off, then a crash."

"By the time I got to the window, the car was coming around the block again," she added. "Then the sound again. It went through the neighbor's yard and crashed into my husband’s car."

She said she just saw glass and bumpers going everywhere.

The driver, 37-year-old Ronald Lloyd Nelson, got out of the SUV and tried to run, but police quickly caught him, Simpson added.

Nelson was taken to a Portland hospital and treated for minor injuries. Officers found body armor, heroin and methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

He was jailed on a long list of charges, including felon in possession of body armor and four counts of hit-and-run.

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