A Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured on Saturday after the deputy's partol car was rear-ended by an allegedly drunken driver near 185th Avenue in Hillsboro.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was later captured by a Hillsboro Police K-9.
Marco Rosario-Palma, 25, of Hillsboro, faces charges of felony hit and run, driving under the influence of intoxicants, assault in the fourth degree, attempting to elude a police officer and criminal mischief in the second degree.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a Sheriff's deputy had just completed a traffic stop and was pulled over on the shoulder of westbound Sunset Highway near the exit to Northwest 185th Avenue, at about 2:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18 when the vehicle was struck.
According to Deputy Shannon Wade, Sheriff's Office spokesman, the deputy was sitting inside his vehicle when the patrol car was rear-ended by a silver 2006 Chevy Cobalt driven by Rosario-Pamla.
Wade said that Rosario-Palma fled the scene of the crash on foot. The deputy was injured, but was able to call for help via radio. Deputies, with the assistance of officers from Hillsboro Police and Beaverton Police, set up a perimeter to search for the suspect. After about 30 minutes of searching, Rosario-Palma was found hiding in bushes off the highway by a Hillsboro K-9 team.
Rosario-Palma was lodged at the Washington County Jail.
The deputy whose patrol car was hit sustained non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.
The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstructive Team also assisted in the investigation.