Police: Homeowner helps officers catch fleeing car thief

Police: Homeowner helps officers catch fleeing car thief
James Edward Brisendine

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A homeowner helped officers catch a man who was running from police Friday morning after they say he stole two cars in Springfield.

Police officials said they were investigating a stolen car at 11 am Friday after it was found near the intersection of S. 38th at Oregon Street in Springfield.  At around the same time an Animal Control officer found another vehicle that was reported stolen parked two blocks away, Springfield Police said.

A Springfield patrol Sergeant reported arriving at the second car's location just as a man got into the stolen vehicle and started to drive away.

The sergeant tried stopping the vehicle, but the driver sped off. Officials said that after a short car chase, the driver abandoned the stolen vehicle in a nearby cul-de-sac and fled on foot.

Police reported that Springfield officers chased the man - later identified as 37-year-old James Brisendine - through several yards, but he managed to get away.

While patrolling the neighborhoods, officers saw Brisendine leave a backyard through a gate along Booth Kelly Road.

Police said Brisendine quickly tried going back inside the yard after he saw the patrolling officers.

A woman living at the home told police she had seen Brisendine run through her backyard. She followed the man to the gate and pushed Brisendine back through when he tried to get back on her property, Springfield Police said.

Police said Brisendine surrendered peacefully after the woman pushed him towards officers.

He was booked at the Lane County Jail on multiple charges, including two counts of both unlawful use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding on foot, possession of methamphetamine and burglary tools and three counts of trespassing.