Police: Driver rams police motorcycle during traffic stop, injuring officer

Police: Driver rams police motorcycle during traffic stop, injuring officer
Robert Joseph Gilliam III

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police arrested a man who they said rammed an officer’s motorcycle during a traffic stop, injuring the officer’s knee.

Robert Joseph Gilliam III faces charges including assaulting an officer and reckless driving.

Police said a traffic officer noticed Gilliam’s pickup speeding and running a red light in North Portland on Wednesday afternoon. The officer followed the truck on his motorcycle and pulled Gilliam over.

When the officer stopped his motorcycle behind the truck, police said Gilliam put the truck in reverse and accelerated toward the officer, hitting the motorcycle.

The officer was able to stay standing and hold Gilliam at gunpoint until more officers arrived and took him into custody. Police learned Gilliam had an outstanding parole violation warrant on an assault charge.

Officers took Gilliam to the Multnomah County Jail.

The traffic officer who stopped Gilliam, Officer Michael Close, suffered a minor knee injury during the crash, police said.