Two people were injured when a person drove over an occupied tent in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood in an attempt to escape police.
At about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Portland police found two people unconscious inside a black 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Northwest Hoyt Street near Broadway. The Jeep did not have license plates. Police determined from the vehicle identification number that it had been stolen from downtown Saturday, Oct. 22, police said in a news release.
Police vehicles parked in front of and behind the stolen car to try to trap it. But when the driver woke up, he used the Jeep to push the police vehicle in front of it and drove up onto the sidewalk and ran over an occupied tent. Police said the driver continued on the sidewalk, almost hitting other people as well.
Two people were in the tent and were injured. A man was treated at the scene and a 16-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Jeep was able to leave the scene while officers were helping the injured people.
A couple hours later, police found the Jeep being driven over the Broadway Bridge. The driver refused to stop at first, but the driver and passenger jumped out of the car and ran from the 1500 block of Northeast 2nd Avenue. Police were able to apprehend both men nearby.
Detectives interviewed the men and determined that neither of them were the suspect who was driving the car earlier and ran over the the people in the tent, police said. Detectives are still searching for that suspect.
The apprehended driver, Michael Godfrey, 53, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges, including attempt to elude police by vehicle, which is a felony. The passenger, Rafiki D. Magano, 47, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
— The Oreognian/OreognLive