Portland Police Bureau

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 04:27

Traffic Crash on I-5 Northbound Injures Two Officers - I-5 Traffic Diverted off at Jantzen Beach #Alert

January 13, 2018 02:10


On Saturday January 13, 2018, at 12:46 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to I-5 northbound, just south of the Interstate Bridge, on the report of a hazardous vehicle blocking the right lane of traffic and a possible drunk driver.

An officer and a sergeant arrived at the scene and a driver was taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). As officers were awaiting a tow truck, another driver crashed into one of the police cars, injuring the officer inside and the sergeant outside the vehicle.

Both the officer and sergeant were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The initial driver arrested was not injured, nor was the driver involved in the crash. The driver involved in the crash was detained at the scene.

Traffic Division officers are at the scene conducting a crash investigation.

I-5 northbound is closed to all traffic, which is being diverted off the freeway at Jantzen Beach. As soon as the investigation is complete on the freeway, it will reopen to all traffic. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is assisting with traffic control.

No additional updates are expected to be released on this incident until late-Saturday morning.

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