Police: SUV fleeing officer careened into oncoming traffic

EUGENE, Ore. - A citizen called police, concerned when a man in a black Ford Explorer held a gun in one hand - and used the other hand to gesture like he was shooting the citizen.

Police responded to the Four Corners area where Roosevelt Boulevard and Highway 99 intersect to investigate.

As the officer arrived on scene, the Explorer took off down Roosevelt - at one point veering into oncoming traffic.

The Ford made it to Royal and N. Terry, where the officer's car forcibly stopped the suspect vehicle.

The female passenger, Tammy Tobiason, 43, was captured at the scene.

The driver, Jeffery Dean Zimmerman, 40, fled on foot.

Police chased Zimmerman a few hundred yards into some blackberry bushes. They took him into custody with the help of a stun gun.

Officers located two realistic pellet guns and holsters in the suspects’ vehicle. 

Police arrested Zimmerman on charges of Eluding by Vehicle, Eluding by Foot, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Resisting Arrest, Coercion and Interfering with Police.

Police arrested Tobiason on outstanding warrants.

Police would like to contact any drivers encountered the car chase as the Ford veered into oncoming traffic. The motorist is asked to contact Officer Robert Rosales at (541) 968-5609.