Wild police chase sees shots fired, deputy injured in crash

FAIRVIEW, Ore. - A high-speed chase erupted in gunfire early Monday morning and a sheriff’s deputy was later injured, Fairview police said.

Police said when an officer tried to pull over a vehicle in Fairview just after midnight, it instead sped recklessly away. They said the chase reached speeds of 70 mph before the vehicle being chased was pinned in at a dead end.

The driver, later identified as Richard James Rummery of Milwaukie, aimed directly for the officer, who fired his gun but didn’t hit it, police said. None of the bullets hit the vehicle, and the officer wasn’t hurt.

More officers joined the chase, but it was abandoned when Rummery continued to drive recklessly on N.E. 223rd, north of Sandy Blvd., police said. But they said he continued on, eventually losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a Multnomah County Sheriff deputy’s car as it turned from 223rd onto Sandy.

The deputy was injured in the crash, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said Rummery was not injured, but a woman who was in the car was seriously hurt.

Rummery faces charges including felony eluding, second-degree assault and reckless endangering. Police took him to the Multnomah County Jail.

Police have not identified the deputies involved early Monday morning.