Oops: Impaired driver rear-ends motorcycle cop
It was a dark and rainy night, on May 2, when a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Traffic Division Motorcycle Officer pulled into the left turn lane at Ross Island Sand and Gravel, on northbound McLoughlin Boulevard – and was hit from behind while stopped there.
More than a dozen police units responded to the scene, and shut down traffic along northbound S.E. McLoughlin at Holgate Boulevard.
Emergency first responders who were called to the area at 8:54 p.m. found that the driver of a Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner truck had crashed into the rear of the motorcycle, knocking the officer and bike onto the pavement.
"The officer was alert and conscious at the scene, did not suffer any serious injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "The driver remained at the scene; and, based on observations by other officers at the scene, he was taken into custody on suspicion of impaired driving."
A few hours later, the officer was treated and released from a hospital.
And, at 10:44 p.m. that evening, 62-year-old Robert John Kaleta was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and Reckless Driving. Kaleta was released on his own recognizance the following morning, pending his trial on the charges.