Deputies are looking for an escaped inmate who is accused of stealing an ODOT work truck, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to authorities, 25-year-old Scott Smith was assigned to the sheriff’s office work crew when at about 12:30 p.m. he stole the work truck from the 9400 block of NE Hancock Drive.
Officials said the Oregon Dept. of Transportation truck was left unlocked and running at the time of the theft.
Deputies found the truck near SE 52nd and Hawthorne Boulevard, however, Smith had fled the area. Portland Police officers are assisting deputies with a search of the area.
Smith is described as about 6-foot 1-inch tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes, and visible tattoos on his neck. He was last seen wearing tan Carhardt pants, a green jacket, and black work boots.
If you see him, call 9-1-1.
Police initially surrounded a home in the 1700 block of NE 52nd Avenue after believing that Smith was inside. Police searched the residence and are continuing to look around the neighborhood.
Smith was in custody on a 90-day hold for a parole violation for identity theft. He was arrested in January, accused of leading police on a chase in a pickup while towing a stolen car.
The crew was working on a green space near the area.
Last Wednesday, another inmate escaped Multnomah County custody and was later found hiding in a ceiling vent.