SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- An 18-year-old man crashed a stolen truck into a power pole Thursday night while he was trying to evade police in Springfield.
Officials at the Springfield Police department said that the driver, later identified as Ricky Emery Meyer, was driving in Springfield when he committed a traffic violation at the intersection of 19th and Q streets.
A patrol officer in the area made a U-turn and followed him, attempting to pull him over. Meyer sped off, crashing the truck head-on into a utility pole two blocks down the road. He fled the scene on foot.
About two hours later family members of Meyer called police, informing them that he had come home. Police came out to the residence and arrested him.
Meyer was booked at Lane County Jail on various charges, including eluding police, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving and endangering.
Police later found that the truck belonged to Meyer's uncle.