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Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested After Traffic Pursuit in Southeast Portland on Saturday
On Saturday May 5, 2018, 31-year-old Dustin Clifford Melbourne was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges after leading police on a traffic pursuit throughout Southeast Portland and Gresham on Saturday afternoon. Melbourne will be arraigned on Monday on nearly two dozen charges including Attempted Murder in connection with a recent shooting in Southeast Portland.
At approximately 10:45 this morning, officers spotted a grey Dodge Charger they knew to be associated with Melbourne in the area of Southeast 163rd Avenue and Division Street. A traffic stop was initiated but Melbourne attempted to flee from officers by driving away at a high rate of speed. Several vehicle intervention strategies were attempted, including the use of Spike Strips and a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), but Melbourne continued to attempt to elude capture.
During Melbourne's attempted flight from justice, he damaged public and private property, including some fencing near North Powellhurst School on Southeast 135th Avenue.
Eventually, Melbourne crashed his car in the area of 181st and East Burnside Street, then he ran from the vehicle only to be located and taken into custody in the 18400 block of Northeast Couch Street.
The Portland Police Bureau was assisted in this pursuit and apprehension by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Police Department.