Stolen Dump Driver Leads Police On Pursuit

Portland Police pursued the driver of a stolen dump truck that was dropping gravel during the chase.

The incident started around 8 p.m. Friday when police got a call about piles of gravel on I-5 southbound from about the Naito Parkway on-ramp.

A short time later, calls came in that a dump truck driving extremely slow on the freeway was spilling gravel out of its tailgate onto the freeway.

Officers responded and attempted to stop the truck, but the driver failed to yield.

The truck exited the freeway and turned northbound on Southwest Barbur Boulevard, continuing to leave piles of gravel behind.

Officers used several sets of spike strips to deflate the tires, but the truck kept going until several of the tires were completely torn off.

When the dump truck stopped on Southwest Barbur Boulevard north of Southwest Capitol Highway, officers used at least 5 police vehicles to box it in.

50-year-old Craig Ferrero was taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and then booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (2 counts), Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (3 counts), Reckless Driving, Interfering with Public Transportation, and Reckless Endangering (2 counts).

Police want to hear from anyone who was a victim of a crime related to the incident (and have not already been interviewed by an officer), they are encouraged to make a police report by calling non-emergency dispatch at 503 823 3333 and referencing case number 19-308286.

If anyone has video of the incident they would be willing to share with investigators, then please contact Officer Peter Braun at Peter.Braun@portlandoregon.gov.

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