Police chase results in two arrests
An attempt to stop the driver of a stolen vehicle Saturday evening resulted in two arrests and the seizure of firearms after the suspect fled from Portland Police Bureau officers.
The driver of the vehicle was 24-year-old Aaron Drake Birt. He was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on potential charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, attempt to elude by vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, interfering with an officer, third-degree escape, three counts of reckless endangering of another person, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and first degree theft.
While searching for Birt, an unrelated gunshot lead to another arrest.
Portland's Gang Enforcement Team attempted to make the traffic stop around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 12, near the intersection of Northeast 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. Rather than obliging, Birt pulled into an apartment complex lot, exited the vehicle while it was still moving, and ran, police said.
The vehicle slowly rolled forward and crashed. Three passengers were not injured and detained by police.
Birt ran through the apartment complex while being chased on foot by officers. He scaled a fence, and as he jumped down a handgun fell from his waistband, police said. Birt stopped to pick up the gun before continuing to flee.
Rather than continue to chase an armed suspect, officers set up a neighborhood perimeter to contain Birt. The Special Emergency Reaction Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and the Air Support Unit all responded to assist with the search.
With support from the other units, Birt was located hiding near where he was last seen. He was taken into custody without incident and the handgun was seized as evidence.
While the search for Birt was underway, officers heard a single gunshot from the neighborhood contained by the perimeter. After hearing the shot, police said a white car was seen quickly leaving the area.
Officers stopped the driver a few blocks away. Tavaris Deontay Winchester, 27, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on potential charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, discharging a firearm in the city, and carrying a concealed weapon.