80 mph car chase lasts 1 minute, wrecks fence and yard

80 mph car chase lasts 1 minute, wrecks fence and yard

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A driver sped away from police only to crash through a fence and lose traction in a yard a minute later early Thursday morning.

Police arrested the driver and the passenger and recovered an iPad reported stolen from Eugene.

The chase started just after midnight when a Springfield Police officer tried to stop a car for possible traffic infractions at 52nd Street and Highway 126.

The driver took off at 80 mph along High Banks Road but lost control in a roundabout at 58th Street. The car crashed through a fence and into a yard, where the car came to a halt when it lost traction.

Police arrested the driver David Tawn Thomas, 21, on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief, Interfering with Police, Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Expired Tags and Fail to Maintain Lane.

The passenger, 24-year-old Frederick Martin Pecnic, was booked on charges of Theft II and Carrying Concealed Weapon.

Linda Sapp lives next door to the home where Thomas crashed and said this isn't the first time someone's ended up crashing into her neighbor's yard.

"This last winter someone else ran through her side fence and hit her car. So, I'm glad we're not living on that side of the roundabout!" said Sapp.

Police ask anyone with possible information about the case to call Springfield Police Officer Andy Douglas at 541-726-3721.