ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — A cab driver crashed into a gas station convenience store early Wednesday morning after a confrontation with a rider, authorities said.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a Chevron Extra Mile store on SW Tualatin Valley Highway shortly before 2 a.m. on reports of a taxicab that crashed through the store’s front window.
A 49-year-old Broadway Cab driver from Aloha drove his taxi completely into the store, crashing into the back counter with significant force, deputies said.
The man told police he was driving a passenger from downtown Portland when he stopped in front of the convenience store. The rider reportedly offered the cab driver a small amount of cash and some marijuana in exchange for the ride.
Then, the cab driver told deputies, the passenger wanted to be driven to another location. He reportedly threatened to harm the cab driver if he didn’t drive him.
Moments later, as the cab driver was calling 911, the passenger jumped out of the car, deputies said. The cab driver said he accidentally accelerated in the heat of the moment, launching the car into the store.
The driver wasn’t injured in the crash, but the store was heavily damaged.
Deputies and a Beaverton Police K-9 tried locating the suspect, but were unsuccessful. He is described as a Latino man, 5-feet-8-inches tall wearing a black jacket.
Anyone with information on the case should call 503.629.0111.