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Road closures due to structure fire at downtown building (Photo) - 09/07/20

A structure fire at 110 Division Street Northeast has forced road closures at Front Street Northeast and D Street Northeast, as well as a road closure at Front Street Northeast just south of Division Street Northeast. Officers are assisting fire department personnel with pedestrian and vehicle traffic control. Traffic will be diverted from the area until the fire can be extinguished.

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Stolen vehicle strikes two police cars during pursuit - 08/24/20

Salem, Ore. — On August 24, 2020, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Salem Police officers spotted a stolen Acura Integra in northeast Salem. Due to the reckless driving of the vehicle and that officers were not close to the vehicle initially they decided not to pursue the vehicle and escalate the situation. Officers did, however, comb the area in hopes of reacquiring the vehicle. Officers lost sight as it turned west onto Sunnyview RD NE at an estimated 100 MPH.  

Sgt. Pratt was travelling on Market ST NE looking for the vehicle when the Acura ran a stop sign at Market ST and Evergreen AV NE and collided with Sgt. Pratt’s patrol vehicle. The sergeant sustained injuries in the crash and was treated and released from Salem Health. The Acura was able to flee as other officers arrived at the scene. Officer Baker began pursuing the Acura in a somewhat southbound circle from Market ST to the area of Evergreen and Ellis AVS NE. Near that intersection the Acura stopped in the middle of the road. As Officer Baker was about to get out of his car when the Acura reversed and collided with his patrol vehicle.

The Acura fled again and headed southeast to the area of D ST NE and Savage RD NE with Officer Baker still in pursuit. Near that intersection Officer Smith was able to use his patrol vehicle to spin the Acura and disable it.

The driver of the Acura, later identified as Antonio Rivera-Vasquez age 27 of Salem, was able to climb out of the driver side window and run from officers. The foot pursuit covered a few hundred yards until officers were finally able to catch Rivera-Vasquez as he attempted to climb a fence. During the foot pursuit Officer Smith's knee was hurt, he too was treated and released from Salem Health.

Rivera-Vasquez was transported to Salem Health for a medical evaluation and was eventually booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility. He was charged with the following crimes:

  • Assault in the third degree on a peace officer
  • Assault in the fourth degree on a peace officer
  • Assault in the fourth degree on a peace officer, attempted
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants
  • Driving while suspended, misdemeanor
  • Elude – Felony and misdemeanor
  • Felony and misdemeanor hit and run
  • Four counts of Recklessly endangering another Unlawful use of a motor vehicle
  • Interfering with a police officer
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine
  • Reckless Driving
  • Resisting arrest