PORTLAND, Oregon - On Wednesday, a 29-year-old man was arrested after leading police on two separate slow-speed traffic pursuits in Downtown Portland.
The driver, 29-year-old Frederick John Dekraker, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (two counts), and Reckless Driving (two counts), Recklessly Endangering Workers (four counts). He will be arraigned on Thursday.
At 9:46 a.m., two Family Services Division officers attempted to stop a dark blue 2001 Chevrolet Suburban on Southwest 3rd Avenue near Washington Street for traffic violations. The driver did not stop and drove away from the police. Due to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic in Downtown Portland, the pursuit was quickly terminated.
At 12:23 p.m., Assistant Chief Bob Day and Chief Larry O'Dea were in a car stopped on Southwest Jefferson Street at Broadway when they saw the same vehicle speed through the intersection, nearly hitting several construction workers and sending traffic cones flying. The Chiefs attempted to stop the vehicle (initially unaware of the earlier incident) but the driver did not yield and continued driving southbound on Broadway but was stopping at red lights and not exceeding the speed limit.
Several blocks into the pursuit, the driver stopped, got out of the SUV, and started to lay down on the ground then got up and got back into the vehicle, driving away. The driver led police up to the VA Hospital in Southwest Portland and pulled into a parking structure where he was taken into custody without incident.
None of the construction workers were injured by the driver's actions.
Booking photo credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Group photo credit: Portland Police Bureau