BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A concerned citizen’s call to 911 led to the arrests of two men in Beaverton Monday evening, and according to the city’s police department, likely prevented a much graver situation.
The unnamed citizen, an employee at a business on SW Cascade Avenue, told 911 dispatch that the two men were drunk and were about to get in their car and drive off.
The men did, pulling out of the parking lot just as a Beaverton Police squad car arrived. The officers inside tried to stop the car on Highway 217, but the men continued down the highway, police department officials would later say.
A short time later officers found the car abandoned along the roadway. The car turned out to be stolen out of Vancouver, officials said.
Eventually both suspects were found. One of the men, 28-year-old Patrick Sutherland, was spotted on the roof of a home on SW 105th Avenue; the other, 39-year-old Bruce Schulte, was hiding in blackberry bushes near Whitford Middle School, police said.
“This is a great example of how just one call from you when you’re concerned makes a difference in our community,” the Beaverton Police Department wrote on its Facebook page. “Had this citizen decided not to call because it’s not his problem, we might have been investigating a fatal car crash.”