GRESHAM, Ore. – Police arrested a driver who they said rammed a police car with his vehicle Friday night.
The officer opened fire at the vehicle as it sped away.
Police said at 10:42 p.m., the suspect vehicle rammed a police car and sped away near Northeast Couch and 167th Place. It’s unclear what led to the suspect ramming the police car. No officers were hurt.
One officer opened fire at the vehicle. That officer is on paid administrative leave, per police policy.
Around ten minutes later, a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect vehicle near Southeast Stark Street and 158th Avenue. Police found the vehicle abandoned at 126th and Southeast Stark after a pursuit.
Police identified and arrested Richard Pierre Overton, 40, Saturday night. U.S. Marshals helped police make the arrest near 160th Avenue and E. Burnside.
Overton faces charges of attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felony eluding. Police said he was on Federal probation for a previous conviction of felon in possession of a firearm. Overton has an extensive criminal history, which includes assaults on police officers, police said.