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Speeding Mercedes barely misses police officers

Two law enforcement officers narrowly escaped injury — or worse — on Monday when a Cornelius man bore down on a traffic crash scene at breakneck speed and almost hit the men.

At about 3:30 p.m., an Oregon State Police trooper stopped to help Washington County Sheriff’s officers responding to a one-car crash on Scotch Church Road just west of Jackson School Road. A large fire truck and a patrol car were at the scene with their emergency lights on where a vehicle had hit a tree.

About 15 minutes later, a black 2002 Mercedes C320 was speeding toward the scene, eastbound on Scotch Church Road. The driver nearly hit the two emergency vehicles and the officers had to jump out of the way of the Mercedes.

The officers were not hurt, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, spokesman for OSP. The speeding car narrowly missed them, but Hastings wasn’t sure how close the car came to hitting the two.

“It was close enough,” he said.

The trooper was able to flag down the Mercedes after it passed and the driver, Jorge L. Araujo, 24, stopped the car. Araujo was arrested and charged with reckless driving, two counts of endangering another person, misdemeanor driving while suspended and failure to install an interlock ignition device.

He was taken to the Washington County Jail and his mother came to pick up the car, Hastings said.



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