Portland Police: DUII suspect faces manslaughter charge after crashing stolen car

Adam Valle appeared in court Monday March 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 26-year-old who crashed a stolen car is facing several charges, including manslaughter and DUII, after police say his passenger died in the collision.

The incident started shortly after 11 p.m. when an east precinct officer tried to pull over the driver of a Subaru Legacy near Southeast 124th Avenue and Division Street. The driver – later identified by police as Adam Valle – sped off.

The officer did not chase the vehicle, but police found the vehicle a short while later crashed into a pole near the intersection of Division and Southeast 122nd Avenue.

First responders confirmed that the passenger was deceased. The driver ran off, but police arrested him a block from the crash scene.

Valle was taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked into the Multnomah County Jail on 2nd-degree manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit-and-run), driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving.

Police are withholding the name of the passenger until family members have been notified.

Valle was recently arrested after he was caught trying to steal a bicycle in front of the Gladstone Police station.

Security video from that incident went viral.

Officers said they arrested a second DUII suspect who allegedly drove past crime tape and “nearly into the physical crime scene” while police were processing evidence.

This was the seventh deadly crash on Portland streets so far this year. Southeast 122nd and Division is also a notoriously dangerous intersection, rated as the third most dangerous by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Between 2012 and 2016 there were 115 crashes there.

A Portland Police Bureau spokesperson said they are "committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero."

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, go to the city's website.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

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