Oregon Police Chase Ends After Suspect Accidentally Runs Over Himself

posted by RJ Johnson

A man in Oregon who led police on chase through the streets of Happy Valley, ended up with a broken leg after he jumped out of a rolling car and was hit by his still-rolling vehicle.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office said a Happy Valley patrol officer responded to a call about a theft in progress Monday night, when he spotted suspect Isaiah John Gellatly, 31, inside a parked Honda Accord lying back in the fully-reclined driver’s seat.

Officers approached the vehicle and shined a light into the Honda. That’s when the driver sat up, put the car in drive, and took off. Police began to chase after Gellatly, radioing ahead for assistance.

“He repeatedly blew through stop signs and crossed over into the opposing lane of traffic during the high-speed pursuit,” according to a police statement about the incident Monday night.

Other officers responding to the call for help, placed spike strips in Gellatly’s path, puncturing one of the Honda’s tires. Only, that wasn’t enough to stop the burglary suspect.

Despite the punctured tires, the suspect kept driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed until he turned into a business complex. That’s when he began having trouble controlling the vehicle and hit curbs and a retaining wall, and even made contact with the bumper of a pursuing police car.

Gellatly then tried to get out of the still-moving vehicle and allegedly opened the driver’s side door and jumped clear. While still running alongside the vehicle, he attempted to cut in front of it, but didn’t make it and ended up being pinned under the Honda.

“Gellatly then attempted to cut in front of his vehicle around the same time it crashed into a tree and building wall,” the police statement said.

Police caught up with the suspect and took him into custody. The suspect’s vehicle was found to contain several items believed to be stolen, including a tennis racket, a ping-pong paddle, designer sunglasses, and even a Schwinn scooter.

Gellately was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft.