Eugene (KMTR) - Police say they hadn't even completed the stolen vehicle report when the call came in. A citizen reported seeing a vehicle he recognized, with a suspicious driver behind the wheel. Officers first spotted the vehicle near Shari's on Division Ave. and followed it from a distance. Traffic was too heavy for a pursuit right away, but once roads cleared, the chase was on.
Police say the driver led them to Sean Street, off Echo Hollow Road, where he hit a dead end. Then, he crashed into two minivans, and collided with an apartment complex. Residents say they woke up to a loud "boom!"
Sean Street resident Andrew Aguilar said, "My life could have been in great danger, because it looks like he was headed straight for my house…and I'm kind of baffled at the same time. I mean who would steal a truck so big, that's so noticeable?"
After the crash, police say the suspect ran and jumped into a slough behind the complex. When he came up on the other side, he attempted to jump a fence, when he was met by officers and taken into custody. 37-year-old Jeremy Horner faces about a dozen charges for stealing the car, eluding police, and the crash.