A Wilsonville man was arrested Thursday after what Clackamas County deputies called a “beer run gone bad,” in which he (with a couple of underage buddies in tow) stole cases of Keystone and Coors from an Eagle Creek convenience store, hit and ran, avoided pursuit, flipped their car, fled, and was finally arrested after returning to the scene of the crash — driven by his mother.
It all happened late Thursday night, according to police, who said Caleb Scott Mitchell, 18, and two unidentified juveniles were attempting to steal beer at the Jackpot Food Mart in Eagle Creek when their plans went “significantly sideways.”
Their getaway vehicle, a 1997 Acura CL, was spotted by a gas attendant, who attempted to stop the teens from leaving. Mitchell reportedly accelerated the getaway vehicle toward the attendant.
A customer in the parking lot saw this and pulled his Honda Civic in front of the suspects to protect the gas station employee. Mitchell’s Acura collided with the passenger side of the Honda Civic, then fled east on Highway 224 and then on SE Currin Road.
The customer in the Honda Civic followed them.
Apparently realizing that they were being followed by the Honda, the teens made a U-turn and started traveling in the opposite direction — sidesiping the Honda Civic and damaging it a second time.
The Honda’s driver continued to follow the Acura, but not for much longer. He found the suspect vehicle had flipped over in the middle of Currin Road near Eagle Creek.
The suspects were seen getting out of the upside-down vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot — but not before one of the juvenile suspects reportedly approached the Honda and threatened to punch a female victim in the passenger seat before running away.
The female passenger had an injured elbow from the hit-and-run, but declined medical attention. They estimated the damage to the Honda at about $2,500. The stolen beer was worth $30.78.
Mitchell returned to the crash scene a short time later, police said, driven by his mother. He was detained without further incident and allegedly admitted to being the driver in the incident, but refused to identify his two juvenile accomplices.
Mitchell was booked at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery and hit and run with an injury.
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