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Man walks in front of armored police vehicle on Portland freeway

JM McBride

A man walked in front of an armored Portland Police Bureau vehicle on the freeway, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

“A man in mental health crisis was minorly injured after moving in front of an armored Portland Police Bureau vehicle on the Banfield freeway, causing a low-speed collision,” the release said.

On Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:26 p.m., a Portland Police officer “was driving an armored Special Emergency Reaction Team vehicle westbound on I-84 near Northeast 82nd Avenue. The officer was not heading to an emergency call and his lights or sirens were not activated,” the release says.

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The officer “noticed traffic in the adjacent lane was slowing down, so he reduced speed as well to assess the possible hazard,” it says.

“The officer then saw a man on the freeway. The man walked directly into the path of the police vehicle. The officer initiated emergency braking and collision avoidance steering but the man continued to move himself in front of the swerving police vehicle,” the release says. “The officer could not avoid a collision. The officer immediately got out to render aid to the man and summon EMS. The man suffered soreness but no serious injuries and his injuries did not rise to the level that they required ambulance transport.”

A traffic crash investigation was conducted, “including separate interviews with the officer, other witnesses, and the man involved. The investigation revealed that the man, an adult male, was jumping in front of vehicles in an attempt to commit suicide,” the release says.

“Prior to colliding with the police vehicle, the man’s arm was struck by the sideview mirror of another vehicle that was just ahead of the police vehicle,” it says. “The driver of that vehicle also remained on scene. Officers placed the man on a Police Officer Hold at the hospital in an effort to get him mental health treatment. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance on the hold. No arrests were made or citations issued.”

Police noted: “Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. Call or text 988, or chat online at www.988lifeline.org/chat . It’s the new way to connect with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline where you will find confidential support for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or mental health related distress. More information is available here: https://www.linesforlife.org/.”

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