Crashes, wild chase end
in motorist's arrest
SPRINGFIELD - A motorist crashed into an Oregon State Patrol car and state Fish and Wildlife pickup Sunday night after earlier rear-ending a truck and semi-trailer on Interstate 5 and threatening the truck's driver with a gun, police said.
The motorist, David Melvin Van Orman, 20, of Oakland, was taken by ambulance to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital for evaluation and then transferred to Lane County Jail.
Van Orman led troopers on a wild chase on I-5 and on Gateway Street in Springfield, said state police Lt. Mike Bloom.
Van Orman rear-ended the tractor-trailer rig, which was traveling north on I-5 near Saginaw, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Bloom said. While exchanging information after the collision, Van Orman allegedly pulled a handgun on the truck driver before leaving the scene, Bloom said.
The truck driver called 911, providing troopers with a description of Van Orman's 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix, Bloom said.
State police spotted Van Orman at I-5's interchange with Highway 58 and followed him to the Gateway exit. Van Orman then drove south on Gateway Street before crashing into a trooper's cruiser and Fish and Wildlife pickup just south of Harlow Road.
Trooper Chris Ashenfelter, the driver of the police cruiser, did not require immediate medical attention. His car sustained major right-rear damage. The Fish and Wildlife pickup sustained minimal damage and the trooper driving the pickup was not injured.
Troopers investigating the crash scene found a BB gun in Van Orman's car. No other weapons were found.
Van Orman was charged with felony hit and run, four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, reckless driving, felony attempt to elude a police officer and fourth-degree assault.
Police arrest two men
on charges of burglary
SPRINGFIELD - Two men were arrested after Springfield police responded to a burglary-in-process at the Get-N-Go Market on 28th Street Saturday morning.
Police observed a car leaving as they reached the store shortly after 1 a.m. An attempt to stop the car resulted in a brief pursuit that ended when the two occupants fled on foot. They were captured shortly afterward, police said.
A check of the car revealed it was stolen in Eugene, police said.
Issachar Davies, 23, and Jamie Stodden, 24, were each charged with eluding on foot, possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of burglary tools and attempted burglary.
Davies also was charged with eluding police and possession of a controlled substance. Both men were cited on outstanding warrants. Davies was listed as a transient and Stodden is from Springfield, police said.
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|Title Annotation:||Crime; METRO|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 2005|