Police: Wanted man threw pipe bombs during Portland police chase
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — A wanted man considered armed and dangerous threw pipe bombs out of his car during a police chase in southeast Portland.
Officers attempted to stop a silver Honda Civic at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said the driver took off and an item that appeared to be an explosive device was tossed out of the car and left in the roadway near Southeast 45th and Flavel Drive.
Officers discontinued the pursuit and blocked all traffic in the area so the bomb squad could respond to the scene and examine the device.
Investigators searched the streets and surrounding yards and located a total of four pipe bombs that were tossed from the car.
None of the bombs went off, police said.
Some neighborhood evacuations were conducted by police near the scene.
The suspect was identified Tuesday night as 43-year-old Neal Panschow. He has an active warrant from Tillamook County and investigators believe he has led police on at least three chases in the past few days in Clackamas County and Multnomah County.
His car is a silver 2002 Honda Civic with two doors and Oregon license plates 064CPJ.
Panschow is a white man, 5’10” and 170 pounds.
Based on today’s pursuit, police said Panschow should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who sees him or the car should immediately call 911.
Panschow has a long criminal history, according to court records. He has convictions including theft in 1998, public indecency in 2000, reckless driving in 2005, attempting to elude a police officer in 2006, driving while revoked in 2008 and 2012, and driving while suspended in 2013.
His warrant in Tillamook County is for charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude.