Police chase races from Springfield to Eugene at 100 mph

Police chase races from Springfield to Eugene at 100 mph

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A driver fled police at speeds up to 100 mph before ditching the car and running from police on foot early Tuesday morning, the second time in two days that a high speed chase started in Springfield and ended in neighboring Eugene.

Police located the man believed to be the driver, Leroy Doe, 47, with the help of a police dog. Police arrested Doe on a misdemeanor warrant and on suspicion of elude by vehicle, elude by foot, reckless driving, recklessly endangering, resisting arrest and driving while suspended.

The incident started around 1:49 a.m. when a Springfield patrol officer attempted to stop a 2002 Honda for a traffic violation at 42nd and Marcola in Springfield. The vehicle failed to stop, and the officer began a pursuit. The Honda went onto I-105, accelerating to speeds as high as 100 mph.

The chase continued at high speeds west into the Eugene city limits until reaching the intersection with West 6th Avenue, where the pursuit slowed and went north on Lincoln Street.

The male driver, believed to be Doe, abandoned the vehicle on foot. A female passenger also ran from police. Two other passengers, a man and a woman, remained with the car.

Police detained the woman who attempted to run and the other two passengers while searching the scene for the driver. Eugene police set up a perimeter around the area. Coe was found about 30 minutes later by a Springfield police dog. A Lane County sheriff's deputy assisted in the search.

Officers interviewed and released the three passengers in the vehicle although the female who attempted to run was cited for interfering.

Doe was treated for a minor facial laceration was lodged at the Lane County Jail.