Police: Felon in stolen truck tossed stolen gun out window

Police: Felon in stolen truck tossed stolen gun out window
Richard William Molnar

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A felon tossed a stolen gun out the window of a stolen truck as he fled police at speeds up to 80 mph on Thursday, the Springfield Police Department said.

The pursuit came to an end after 20 minutes when Richard William Molnar, 42, crashed the stolen Chevy into a tree in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood, police said.

Molnar faces numerous charges, including driving while suspended, attempt to ellude, felon in possession of firearm, theft and unauthorized used of a vehicle.

Police said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will review the investigation to determine whether Molnar could face federal weapons charges.

The incident started around 1 p.m. when a Springfield police officer tried to stop a truck that had been reported stolen. The driver sped away from the officer on West Centennial Boulevard, headed for Garden Way and MLK Boulevard, then took Coburg Road to Beltline Highway to Interstate 5, where speeds hit 80 mph, police said.

Along the way, the driver tossed a gun out of the window.

The driver took Interstate 105 back to Coburg Road and got off in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, driving the streets at 40 mph police said.

Police took Molnar into custody after the truck crashed into a tree. He was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital for treatment.

Detectives determined that the gun Molnar tossed out of the window was stolen in a recent car burglary, police said. They also charged him with stealing a Honda from the Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend parking lot.