Wanted man drives through yards, hits parked car while fleeing police

Wanted man drives through yards, hits parked car while fleeing police

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Police used a stun gun to stop a wanted man Saturday afternoon after officers say he tried to run away from a traffic stop.

Officers reported spotted 33-year-old Brent Welding, who had an outstanding warrant for possession of meth, at around 2 p.m. Saturday while he was driving near Royal Ave. and Candlelight Dr. in north Eugene.

Officers tried to pull Welding over for a traffic stop, however officials said the man drove through a shopping center near Royal and N. Danebo Ave. to try and lose the pursuing officers.

"Saturday afternoon we went over to Bi-Mart and there were at least four police cars in different places of the parking lot," said Stephanie Hecker, who lives nearby the shopping center on Royal Street, "A white truck ran over the curbs. He floored it and ran through the stop signs."

Eugene Police said Welding then went into a residential area and drove through the yards of several homes before crashing into a parked car.

Officers chased Welding when he tried to run away on foot. They eventually used a stun gun to stop Welding, police said.

During a search of Welding's car, police reported finding methamphetamine and a set of tools often used to steal cars.

Welding was booked at the Lane County Jail on the possession of meth warrant and multiple other charges including an additional charge of possession of meth, possession of burglary tools, attempt to elude, hit and run, and reckless driving.