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Two Portland officers awaiting Tow Truck injured in I-5 DUII crash


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PORTLAND, Ore. - A 53-year-old man was arrested on DUII, assault and other charges in a crash on Interstate 5 early Saturday that sent two Portland police officers to the hospital. Two other drivers also were arrested on DUII charges at the same location.

The crash occurred around 1 a.m. on the northbound freeway near the Interstate Bridge. Police responded to a report of a hazardous vehicle blocking the right lane and a possible drunk driver.

An officer and sergeant arrived and the driver, was taken into custody for DUII.

As officers awaited a tow truck, another driver crashed into one of the police cars, injuring the officer inside and the sergeant outside the vehicle.

That driver, Ken Thomas Neely, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on DUII charges as well as third-degree assault, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

The driver in the initial incident and a third driver, who nearly struck another officer, also were charged with DUII, police said

The sergeant injured in the crash was treated at a hospital and released, while the injured officer was expected to be released Saturday afternoon.

 

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