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Car Thief Arrested After Slamming into Two Police Cars

Monday, January 25, 2016

 

Justin Joseph Panek

The driver of a stolen car was arrested after ramming two police cars in Portland on Friday night.

A Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officer came across a parked, stolen car in the 8500 block of Northeast Milton Street. 

The officer watched the car as a suspect entered it and drove away, pulling into the vehicle pulled into the Madison Suites Hotel at 3620 Northeast 82nd Avenue. The officer, along with a Canine Unit sergeant then began a traffic stop.

The suspect backed into the police car, striking the officer outside the car. The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Joseph Panek, then tried to drive out of the lot and rammed into the Canine Unit vehicle.

Panek then got out of the stolen car and ran away, but was quickly apprehended after a brief area search. Officers checking the stolen car found a gun inside the vehicle. 

Panek was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and charged with assault, attempted assault, criminal mischief, possession of a firearm, theft, driving under the influence of drugs and two outstanding arrest warrants.

Additional charges may be considered by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Panek will be arraigned on Monday. 

The officer first struck by Panek received a minor injury requiring treatment at a Portland hospital. The sergeant suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene. 

 

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