Deputies: Driver causes three hit-and-run crashes

Deputies: Driver causes three hit-and-run crashes
Police, fire and medical personnel work at the scene of one of the crashes on Thursday. (KATU photo)

MILWAUKIE, Ore. - Law enforcement officials said one man was behind a series of hit-and-run crashes in the Milwaukie area Thursday morning that ended with the suspect vehicle nearly crashing into a home.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said there were three hit-and-run incidents associated with the same suspect, identified as 33-year-old Bayron Rene Estrada Aldana.

Just after 11 a.m., deputies said a pickup truck was involved in a hit-and-run crash on the offramp to Sunnyside Road from Interstate 205 southbound in Clackamas County.

Aldana hit two vehicles on the onramp and then drove off, leaving two people injured, deputies said. The conditions of those injured has not been released.

However, following the first crash, deputies said Aldana was pursued by a private citizen who gave them updates with the truck's location and direction. Deputies said Aldana "was reportedly running red lights and speeding."

Aldana, driving a white Ford pickup, then crashed into a vehicle near the intersection of SE Harmony and Linwood Avenue, deputies said. One person was hurt in that crash and taken to a hospital. The condition of that injured person has not been released.

The string of incidents ended with the truck crashing through a fence and into the yard of a home located on SE Linwood and SE Queen Road.

Aldana, dressed all in black and carrying a backpack, fled the scene on foot as deputies arrived and was running through backyards, the sheriffs office said in a press release.

Local residents pointed deputies in the direction Aldana was going and he was taken into custody near SE King Road near SE Linwood Road just after 11 a.m., deputies said.

Deputies said Aldana was not hurt and they "have evidence to believe he was under the influence at the time of the incident."

He was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on charges of hit-and-run, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and DUII.