Police: Driver fleeing officers crashed, ran away on foot leaving woman in wreckage of SUV
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A driver fled Springfield Police at 90 mph, speeding into Eugene before crashing his Jeep Cherokee at a Y-intersection between the University of Oregon and downtown Eugene early Friday morning.
Then the driver took off running, leaving his 24-year-old female passenger in the wreckage of the totaled SUV, police said.
The suspect got in the water in the Mill Race and tried to hide before being captured by responding officers from the Eugene Police Department more than an hour after the chase began, police said.
Terrance Austin Pate Jr., 24, faces charges of Reckless Driving, Eluding by Vehicle, Elude by Foot and Felony Hit & Run.
The situation started around 2:33 a.m. Friday when police in Springfield tried to stop a 2001 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation on Franklin Boulevard in the Glenwood area.
The driver sped off into Eugene and then "abruptly crashed while attempting to navigate the Y-intersection at Franklin Blvd and East 11th Avenue near Old Campus Lane," police said in a report. "The vehicle struck the curb and overturned, coming to rest against a large tree."
The crash totaled the SUV, police said.
The driver ran across Franklin Boulevard toward the Mill Race, police said. A police dog tracked the suspect in the area. He was captured after crossing the Mill Race and emerging on the other side around 3:57 a.m. Both Eugene and University of Oregon police officers responded to help with the search.
Police said Pate had outstanding arrest warrants out of Benton County for Failure to Comply. Police are also investigating what appeared to officers to be heroin found in the wreckage of the Jeep.
Both Pate and the woman he left in the wreckage of the Jeep were transported taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend after complaining of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.