- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

GASTON, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a fleeing Oregon driver who may have been experiencing a drug overdose forced a state trooper to dive out of the way and collided head-on with a deputy’s patrol car, leaving the deputy with minor injuries.

KPTV reports (https://is.gd/LKKJcI ) that the wild scene happened Thursday as officers responded to an overdose report involving a 22-year-old man at a house in Gaston, southwest of Portland in Washington County. The man’s parents got out of the house but told officers their son was inside and had set a small fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished but the young man then jumped in a car and drove off down the driveway. KPTV reports that a trooper who tried to flag the man down had to jump out of the way.

Then came the crash involving the deputy’s cruiser.

A county sheriff’s spokesman says a stun gun was used to take the man into custody.

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Information from: KPTV-TV, https://www.kptv.com/


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