Off-duty Portland police sergeant allegedly in altercation with 17-year-old boy

Off-duty Portland police sergeant allegedly in altercation with 17-year-old boy

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland Police sergeant was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a 17-year-old boy at an RV park in Trout Lake, Wash., on Sunday night.

Sergeant Jason Pearce, a 19-year-veteran who works in the traffic division/K-9 unit, was on vacation with another Bureau member when the incident happened.

On Monday morning, the Klickitat County sheriff’s office got a call about an assault the night before at the Elk Meadows RV Park.

Deputies talked to everybody involved and forwarded the case to the prosecutor’s office.

Pat Kaley, chief criminal deputy for the sheriff's office, said that both Pearce and the boy admitted they had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident. The two didn't know each other.

A report from the sheriff's office said the altercation allegedly started when the boy made inappropriate comments about Pearce's underage daugther. Pearce told deputies he went to tell to boy to go back to his campsite and the boy grew confrontational.

Pearce told deputies he was acting in self-defense.

The boy had injuries to his face and neck.

For their part, Portland police said the internal standards division will decide what to do next.

Pearce is still on vacation.