Man in stolen car hits a dead end in Springfield

Man in stolen car hits a dead end in Springfield
Jesse Lee Yager

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A man in a stolen car led police on a chase through Springfield Tuesday night, driving on four flat tires through the city before turning into a dead end.

The suspect jumped out of the car and fled on foot along the railroad tracks - but in the dark, he ran downhill into a thick patch of blackberry bushes.

After he fought with officers for several minutes, police managed to take Jesse Lee Yager, 33, of Springfield into custody, police sai.d

Yager is being held on $1 million bail on numerous charges, including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle,
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Foot, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

He was also wanted on numerous felony warrants for Delivery of Heroin, Possession of Meth and being a Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

The incident started just after 11 p.m. Tuesday when an officer spotted a 2006 Toyota Scion on Highway 126 that was reported stolen out of Eugene.

The Scion exited onto 42nd Street as officers responded to the area.

Police turned on their lights in an attempt to stop the car, but it sped off.

The suspect car stopped briefly on Olympic Street to let a woman out of thecar, then sped off again.

Police detained the woman, who insisted she had demanded to be let out of the car when the pursuit started. She was released from police custody without charges.

Meanwhile, the stolen car drove down Olympic Street at 60 mph, then drove over tire spikes deployed by police on Mohawk Boulevard.

The car continued driving - slower - as all four tires deflated, heading down Main Street into Glenwood before turning into a dead end.

Yager fled the car on foot, running along the railroad tracks and down a dark hill into soem blackberries.

It took officers several minutes of struggling with Yager to take him into custody, police said.

Yager was taken to the Lane County Jail. Police found a dagger on the driver's seat of the stolen car.