Woman, 20, critically injured after police chase, crash

Woman, 20, critically injured after police chase, crash
Police said the woman injured an officer before speeding away and crashing her car in SE Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman was critically hurt Sunday morning after she sped away from police and crashed into a telephone pole, police said.

The woman injured a Portland police officer with her car before speeding away. The officer’s injuries were minor.

Police said they responded to a report of a suspicious woman in a car in front of a vacant house located in the 15400 block of SE Harrison St. just before 6:30 a.m.

The caller described the woman’s car and told police she looked high on drugs, police said.

Officers approached the woman and spoke to her while she was sitting in her car with the driver’s side door open. She became very confrontational with the officers, police said.

She started the car and sped off in reverse, knocking an officer into some bushes with the driver’s side door. Police said she sped away on Harrison Street and then went southbound on 156th Avenue toward Division Street.

The woman crashed into a pole and was thrown from her car at SE 143rd and Division St.

"We heard tires squealing for quite a distance," said neighbor Brennon Frey. "Then we just heard a loud boom from the impact.

"I saw the car pinned between the telephone pole and the fence, clothes scattered everywhere and the girl was several feet from the car on the sidewalk with her legs kinda over the sidewalk into the bike lane."

The 20-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. She has not been identified.

No charges have been filed at this time.