A 9-1-1 dispatcher broadcast to Portland police and fire at 10:54 a.m. Thursday: Car into motel room, Jupiter Hotel. Portland Officer Stuart Palmiter, who was on Northeast Sandy Boulevard about 10 to 15 blocks away, raced to the hotel. The dispatcher, based on calls from witnesses, cautioned responding officers: “It might be pretty ugly.” As Palmiter drove into the front courtyard of the hotel off East Burnside, he said the scene looked like it was straight out of a disaster movie.
“I saw a cab was buried in the room,” Palmiter said. A woman was lying in the hotel parking lot, a heavy comforter on top of her. A black-and-white Radio Cab had plowed through bamboo bushes and into the ground-floor unit of Room 115, landing on top of a 40-year-old man who was still in bed.
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