Police: Suspect in stolen vehicle arrested after confrontation with owner of rig in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - Confronted by the owner of the truck, a suspect in a stolen vehicle sped off and crashed into a residential backyard before running off on foot Tuesday evening, Eugene Police.
When confronted by an officer, the suspect claimed to have a firearm and challenged the officer to shoot him, police said.
The siutation started just after 5 p.m. at 11th Avenue and Lawrence Street when a Eugene man spooted his stolen Toyota 4x4.
The owner grabbed a small bat and confronted the suspect, later identified as Jason Scott Page, 29, of Veneta.
"Page exited the vehicle and the two engaged in a verbal dispute," police said in a report. "Page then jumped back into his truck and put it into reverse, striking a parked Toyota Camry and dragging the victim along with him. The motion threw the victim off the truck and underneath the Camry, and he rolled out from below the parked car with minor injuries."
Police say Page crashed the Toyota into the backyard of a home at 1998 Broadview Street and fled on foot.
"One of our officers was mobile in the area and located Page in the area of Oak Patch Road and the bike path," according to police. "When the officer confronted Page, Page shoved his hands into his pocket and claimed to have a firearm, challenging the officer to shoot him before fleeing a short distance. The officer gave a taser admonishment and Page turned around, puts his hands in the air and surrendered."
Officers arrested Page on charges of:
- Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
- Two counts of Hit and Run
- Criminal Mischief 2
- Interfering With a Police Officer
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Endangering
- Assault 4
- Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor