Police: Driver of stolen truck arrested after chase through Portland, Vancouver
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Portland Police officers arrested a man who they say led them on a chase through Portland, into Southwest Washington, then back into Portland Monday morning around 1 a.m.
At about 1 a.m., an officer tried stopping a Dodge pickup truck near Southeast Powell Boulevard and 105th, but the driver kept going.
The officer didn't pursue the driver, however, Portland Police's Air Support Unit was overhead and tracked the suspect as he drove the pickup north on I-205 into Washington, then back south on I-205 into Portland.
The driver took the NE Sandy Boulevard exit and officers were able to put out spike strips on the roadway.
Once his truck slowed down, police say they suspect jumped out near Parkrose Methodist Church and fled into a nearby neighborhood.
The Air Unit then helped officers and K-9 teams find the yard where the suspect was hiding.
Police arrested 36-year-old Garrett Botello and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail on attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, and an outstanding warrant/U.S. Marshals hold.
Police say the truck Botello was driving was stolen.
The pickup was abandoned at Parkrose United Methodist Church on Northeast Knott Street.