According to the Portland Police Bureau, on July 8 at 10:19 pm, officers responded to a report of a crash at Southeast 102nd Avenue and Southeast Washington Street.
The responding officers found two vehicles involved in the collision and one had rolled over. 11-year-old Ryan Ambrose was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by a family member. While officers performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived, he later ended up dying at the hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle, Duprie Smith, was found with a gunshot wound from an alleged gang shootout that occurred before the crash. Smith was apparently trying to drive himself to the hospital while intoxicated.
Smith was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries related to the gunshot wound and the crash.
After he was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Manslaughter in the First Degree after an investigation revealed that speed and alcohol impairment were primary factors in the crash.
According to Multnomah County booking records, Smith was released within a day of the charges being filed, without having to post bail.
Multnomah County has been under fire for regularly releasing criminals and not prosecuting them, creating what some have called a “revolving door” justice policy which is causing a massive spike in crime.
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