Gresham Police say 42-year-old John Renoud, of Gresham, was killed when he crashed an SUV into a house early Saturday morning. The vehicle went through the garage, pushing a parked car into the living room of the home.
Renoud was the suspect in a robbery that took place Friday morning. At 3:23 Saturday morning, Gresham Police received a call connected with his whereabouts, but Renoud left the area at a high rate of speed when they arrived.
Police say Renoud was driving on N.E. Clackamas St., in Gresham, at speeds estimated at more than 70 mph. He went off the road and hit a car and a mailbox, clipped the side of one house, ran over a fence, and crashed into the garage of the other house. The residents in the house were sleeping at the time and they were not injured.
Sergeant Claudio Grandjean says police were not in pursuit of Renoud at the time of the crash because they were not sure he was the suspect. They had apparently lost sight of the vehicle soon after they initially spotted it.
Renoud was pinned in the vehicle and had to be pulled out. He was pronounced dead at Emanuel Hospital.