High-speed chase in Eugene ends with foot chase

EUGENE, Ore. - A driver twice sped away from state police before parking his truck in a neighborhood and running off into an apartment complex on foot.

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Kevin Thomason of Eugene, was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Foot, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

Police also cited him for Driving while Suspended, No Insurance, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

The chase started around 10:45 a.m. on Royal Avenue west of Eugene. A state trooper tried to pull over a white Ford pickup truck. The drive instead sped off.

The state trooper ended the chase, concerned that the fleeing driver was driving recklessly in traffic.

When the trooper caught up with the truck, he again tried to pull it over. Again, the driver sped away, and the trooper ended the pursuit due to safety concerns.

A few minutes later, the trooper found the truck parked on a dead-end street in West Eugene. The trooper caught up with the suspect a few hundred yards away at an apartment complex.

Thomason was accompanied by a 24-year-old woman from Monroe. Police said she was not charged.