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Trooper's car rammed after wild chase


Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Alexander Kean BarberA suspect who rammed an Washington State Police patrol car with a stolen Mustang was taken into custody early Thursday in Northwest Portland after a chase that began in on the other side of the Columbia River.

Alexander Kean Barber, 19, is accused of two counts of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving. He was charged after being treated at an area hospital for a suspected heroin overdose.

According to Portland police, at 1:51 a.m. on Aug. 28, North Precinct officers responded to I-5 southbound at Rosa Parks to assist WSP troopers who were in a traffic pursuit with a black Ford Mustang. The suspect, later identified as Barber, crossed the Fremont Bridge and exited the freeway into the Northwest Industrial area, and drove into a dead end at Northwest 29th Avenue and Roosevelt Street.

Barber turned the car around and rammed into the front of one of the WSP patrol cars. He then backed his car into a driveway and was boxed in between a WSP patrol car and the side of a building, where he was taken into custody.

The Ford Mustang was later determined to be a stolen car. A female passenger was released without charges and given a ride home.