Police car, left in gear, rolls over suspect during arrest

Police car, left in gear, rolls over suspect during arrest
Jimmy Miles Duffey

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland police car rolled over a suspect after an officer left it in gear when he got out to assist with an arrest Monday night.

Jimmy Miles Duffey, 31, was injured, but is expected to survive, police said.

According to Sgt. Pete Simpson, officers saw Duffey jaywalk downtown near Southwest 12th Avenue and Columbia Street at around 8:40 p.m.

Duffey ran away when officers tried to talk to him, Simpson said.

An officer caught Duffey near Southwest Park Avenue and Main Street. While the officer was taking Duffey into custody, another officer arrived in his patrol car to help, but he left his car in gear when he got out.

The car rolled over Duffey, who was lying on the ground.

Duffey was taken to a hospital. He was later released and taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

Police later determined Duffey had a warrant for his arrest. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division is investigating the incident and will forward results to the Collision Review Board.