Motorcyclist Arrested Trying To Elude Police

Photo: Motorcycle used in attempt to elude police

A motorcycle rider died in a crash involving another vehicle on North Marine Drive in St. Johns.

On Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 11:37p.m., North Precinct officers, Traffic Division officers and officers working a street racing mission responded to a report of a crash on North Marine Drive and North Bybee Lake Road. When officers arrived they found a motorcyclist crashed into the side of an SUV. The motorcyclist was deceased. The two occupants of the SUV were not seriously injured but Officers requested EMS to have them medically evaluated. The ambulance was significantly delayed from responding due to an illegal street takeover at North Marine Drive at the I-5 interchange that blocked all traffic. The ambulance had to divert and go the long way around on North Columbia Boulevard past Kelley Point Park to approach from the west. The two SUV occupants were treated at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, North Marine Drive is closed between North Leadbetter Road and North Portland Road. If anyone has information about this fatal crash, please e-mail attn:TIU and reference case number 23-186244.

During the investigation, another motorcyclist went around the police vehicles closing the streets and rode through the active investigation scene at high speed, nearly hitting two uniformed law enforcement officers, including the North Precinct Commander. The motorcyclist eluded when a Traffic Division Officer attempted to stop him. For 57 minutes he eluded officers, speeding, running red lights, and riding on sidewalks, through parks, and on the Springwater Trail path in Gresham. He was arrested at Southeast Woodland Drive and Southeast Eagle Lane in Gresham.

The rider of the eluding motorcycle, Ethan K. Krebs, 21, of Gresham, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Driving, Menacing (2 counts), Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle, Interfering with a Peace Officer (2 counts) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (10 counts), and Assault on a Public Safety Officer.

Source: Portland Police

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