At 9:09 a.m., August 11, Eugene Police officers in the Country Club Road area spotted a reckless driver with two passengers speeding and attempted to catch up. As they were catching up to it for a stop, the vehicle ran a red light and there was a short pursuit from Willagillespie Road to the Valley River Mall, and around the mall’s parking lot.
The sedan’s juvenile driver and juvenile passengers bailed around Maurie Jacobs Park and rolled into a stop sign. Some of the juveniles went into the Willamette River. By 9:15 a.m., EPD officers had taken two of the males into custody. The third male had tried to swim away in the river, but came back to shore, where he was taken into custody under the bike bridge around 9:16 a.m.
The vehicle was a freshly stolen Kia Soul. An officer provided a courtesy transport for the owner so she could recover her vehicle.