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Police: Fleeing theft suspect puts toddler inside a passing car, another swallows drugs

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A pair of theft suspects ran from Portland Police on Monday afternoon while one of them was clutching a two-year-old child.

The suspects and two police officers were taken to the hospital for treatment. All are expected to recover from their injuries.

The toddler was unhurt in the incident and is now with child protective services.

Officers were called out about 3 p.m. Monday on reports of a theft at the Fred Meyer store on NE 102nd Avenue. The 9-1-1 caller told police that he saw two stolen leaf blowers in the back of a pickup, and that the suspects were still sitting in the vehicle in the parking lot.

One of the suspects, a man, drove off when police arrived. He crashed through some shrubbery on a parking lot divider, took off down NE 102nd Avenue, and jumped out of the pickup while it was still moving.

The pickup crashed into a fence near the NE Halsey Street intersection. Police said a passenger holding a two-year-old child got out, ran from police, and tried to open the doors of passing cars.

She eventually opened up a car's door and "threw the toddler inside," according to a police report. She then started to hit one of the pursuing officers.

Police eventually took both suspects into custody.

The man was taken to the hospital because he “swallowed illegal narcotics” before his arrest, police said. The woman was taken to the hospital for a pre-existing condition.

The officer who was assaulted by the woman and another officer involved in the chase went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police will release the names of the suspects and their charges once they’ve been booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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