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Story by Gordon Grearson - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday March 23, 2011 - 5:34 PM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Early Tuesday morning March 22, 2011, a Portland Police Sergeant was riding his bike to work on Northwest Cornell Road in Northwest Portland when a man drove his care along side of the officer's bike, within inches of hitting him while riding.

The driver, later identified as 68-year-old Larry Fornshell, passed Sergeant Santos and his bicycle and continued on. When both came to a traffic control device, Sergeant Santos rode to the right of Mr. Fornshell's car. Fornshell turned right, into Santos.

Just prior to the intersection of Northwest 25th Avenue and Northwest Lovejoy Street, Mr. Fornshell stopped abruptly. Officer Santos said he had to veer to the left of the car into oncoming traffic lanes to avoid hitting Fornshell's car. He slapped Fornshell's vehicle with his hand.

When officer Santos and Fornshell came to the intersection, Santos said that Fornshell put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to hit Santos on his bike.

Santos said he jumped off his bike and ran with his bike to the sidewalk. Fornshell then hit Santos' bike as he was holding onto it. Santos jumped out of the way to avoid being struck and Fornshell left the scene of the crash.

Officer Santos remembered the license plate number from the vehicle and called 911.

Yesterday, Fornshell was located and arrested for the Hit and Run and Attempt Assault. He was booked into the downtown Multnomah County jail on an Attempt Assault in the Second Degree.

Detectives are looking to identify witnesses from the crash at Northwest 25th Avenue and Northwest Lovejoy Street. Any witnesses to this incident or anyone with additional information are asked to call Detective Kevin Warren at 503 823-3761.