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Court docs: Man accused of ramming cop car says it was 'like driving in a video game'

Police say an officer was injured in a pursuit that ended near SE Foster and SE 72nd. The pursuit occurred the morning of July 21, 2017. Mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail (SBG photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The man accused of ramming a Portland police cruiser last Friday during a car chase and telling officers “it was like driving in a video game!” admitted to crashing into his former girlfriend’s car, according to court documents.

Andrew Lentz is facing several charges, including second-degree assault and a felony charge of attempting to elude police as a suspect in the crash that injured a Portland police officer.

In a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, Lentz is accused of ramming a car driven by the mother of his three-year-old son.

The mother said she met with Lentz on Thursday, July 20 for lunch and a visit with their child in a park. She told officers “he is a schizophrenic and has anger problems,” so when he started getting agitated she dropped him off at his pickup truck.

She said that Lentz got out of her car and punched the back window, yelling “I’m gonna (explitive) kill you!”

She drove off, but when she was slowing for a stop sign she told officers she “saw the defendant’s vehicle ‘barrelling’ toward her” and that he rammed her car twice.

During an interview with police, Lentz later admitted to both punching her car window and rear-ending the vehicle one or two times on purpose.

Lentz was arrested Friday (July 21) after a car chase through Southeast Portland. The chase started at a Plaid Pantry on SE Holgate Boulevard when an officer saw Lentz miss a stop sign and turn without using his signal.

One of the officers who was trying to get Lentz to stop said she made eye contact with him while trying to box his vehicle in. The officer said she heard him rev the engine before crashing into the back of her patrol vehicle.

The officer said she had a “concussion from smacking the window of her patrol car and whiplash,” and she was later taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

After being taken into custody, Lentz told the arresting officer “That was fun! It was like driving in a video game!”

Lentz is booked in the Multnomah County Jail on second-degree attempted assault, two counts of reckless endangering, menacing, two counts of first-degree attempted assault, and criminal mischief.

Officials said Lentz is also a registered sex offender.

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