PORTLAND, Ore. — Two officers suffered minor injuries after an impaired driver crashed into their patrol vehicle early Sunday morning in Southeast Portland, police said.
The driver, 41-year-old George Goines Jr. was cited for DUII, reckless driving, and fourth-degree assault.
"We have an increasing amount of officers being injured due to impaired driving," said Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I am thankful the [officers were] not more seriously hurt."
The officers were responding to a reported assault at around 1:55 a.m. on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. They were standing outside their patrol vehicle at around 2:23 a.m. when Goines, driving a black 2004 Cadillac, crashed into the rear corner of the police vehicle.
Police say the overhead emergency lights were on when the crash happened. The impact tore off the left rear wheel of the police vehicle and pushed it forward, where it hit the two officers.
The officers suffered minor injuries to their arm and leg, were treated at a local hospital and released. The assault suspect who was also there at the time of the crash, was knocked to the ground but wasn't hurt, police said.
McLoughlin Boulevard was closed between Southeast Tacoma Street and Southeast Bybee Boulevard during the investigation.
Through its Vision Zero effort, the Portland Police Bureau is working with "its partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities." To learn more about the Vision Zero effort, click here.