Police Beat: Feb. 26-March 4

Police beat for the week of Feb. 26 through March 4.

On Feb. 26 at 8:57 a.m., an adult was reported missing (wait, how do you lose an adult?) but fortunately, they were located later the same day.

Also that day, at 10:50 a.m., police received a report of an unknown person attempting to file tax returns using the victim’s name and Social Security number. Who the heck is looking to fill extra tax returns? Want to do mine for me?

And at 5:14 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle being driven by an unlicensed driver on SE 4th Avenue. The passenger was the vehicle’s registered owner and had a valid license to drive. When asked why she allowed an unlicensed driver to drive her vehicle, she admitted recent intravenous drug use. I mean, to be fair, that’s a pretty good reason. Just, maybe, find someone with a license next time. Officers subsequently seized methamphetamine and heroin from inside the vehicle, along with hypodermic needles.

On Feb. 27, at 9:31 p.m., after witnessing a vehicle recklessly turn a corner and nearly hit an oncoming car on Highway 170, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop. When the speeding vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated, which concluded when the suspect driver lost control of his vehicle. After being arrested, the driver stated that — get this — he was testing out his car’s engine. Would have loved to see the look on the officer’s face when he heard that one.

On March 1 at 9:42 p.m., after noticing a man and two women walking back and forth in a parking lot on SE 3rd Avenue, officers made contact to ask if everything was okay. Once identified, the man was taken into custody on three outstanding warrants from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Linn counties. As he was being arrested, the two women walked away and into a nearby residence — yeah because that’s not suspicious at all. When officers could not get anyone to answer the door of the residence, a search warrant was executed and both women were taken into custody on their own outstanding arrest warrants.

On March 3 at 2:39 a.m., following a traffic stop on NE 3rd Avenue, officers arrested the driver for DUII, reckless driving, and unlawful possession of a modified rifle.

Finally, on March 4 at 1:02 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on an uninsured vehicle on North Grant Street. During a vehicle inventory prior to impound, a concealed firearm and ammunition were located. The driver was subsequently taken into custody.

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