Protesting in Portland, Oregon, has been ongoing since May, and while some of the protests have been peaceful, others have led to violence, destruction, and rioting, with confrontations taking place between protesters, counter protesters, and police. Last night, in North Portland, the driver of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck attempted to drive through one of the protests, and ended up plowing through a fence and dragging a motorcycle for several blocks.
Reports indicate that the incident did not result in any injuries.
Local CBS News affiliate KOIN 6 was on the scene to capture the Chevrolet S-10 on camera as it broke through a fence at the intersection of North Denver Avenue and North Lombard Street, all while dragging a motorcycle underneath it, sparks flying as it progressed at a high rate of speed down the road.
Spectator footage captured what happened prior to the Chevrolet S-10 ramming the chainlink fence at Denver and Lombard. Apparently, protesters had blocked the street and erected a barricade, preventing traffic from passing through. Despite the crowd and roadblock, the driver in the Chevy pickup decided to drive through the crowd anyway. A protester on a motorcycle then laid their bike in front of the truck, attempting to stop the driver from progressing. It’s at that point that the driver in the Chevrolet S-10 hit the throttle, dragging the motorcycle down the street.
Amazingly, no one was injured. According to local ABC news affiliate KATU 2, the driver of the Chevrolet S-10 spoke to law enforcement officers and cooperated after he had stopped. The incident is currently under investigation.
Two protests occurred in Portland last night. According to police reports, the protest in downtown Portland was peaceful, while the protest in North Portland devolved into a riot. Portland Police issued orders to disperse at North Lombard and North Campbell at 1:23 AM.