Caught on video: Officer hurls spike strips during Portland car chase
PORTLAND, Ore. - The driver of a car speeding through Southeast Portland has been taken to a hospital after a police officer hurled spike strips as the car roared by.
A violent crash soon ended the high-speed pursuit early Friday morning. Part of the chase was caught on video.
Police dispatchers said the chase began at about 1:20 a.m. near SE 115th and Bush Street. Police have not yet said what led to the chase.
As the chase neared SE 82nd Avenue and Holgate, a police officer can be seen on video hurling spike strips just as the car speeds by him. Police cars with sirens sounding follow close behind.
Six blocks later, near SE 77th and Holgate, the driver lost control, went over a curb and crashed into a van parked in a driveway. No one was in the van.
Neighbors said that had the van not been parked where it was, the speeding car would have plowed into an occupied home.
It ended up in the yard of the home, just feet from large glass windows where residents watched police and medical personnel take the driver away on a stretcher.
The unidentified driver's injuries have not been specified.