Couple runs from scene of hit-and-run in Eugene, police say

The suspect allegedly left his girlfriend behind and tried to get away on a motorcycle that ended up being dead.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 12:24 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2021 12:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – After a crash on the Beltline on Tuesday, a couple tried to escape the scene, police say.

It started at about 4:20 p.m. with a rear-end crash between Coburg Road and Interstate 5.

Police said Marc Rodakowski, 50, of Eugene was headed east in his Volkswagen Passat when he lost control and rear-ended a Nissan Sentra. The driver of that vehicle, a 42-year-old Cottage Grove woman, did not require medical attention.

That’s when Rodakowski and his girlfriend allegedly ran from the scene, headed south into a nearby neighborhood, and a police dog unit responded along with other officers to search the area.

According to police, Rodakowski left his girlfriend behind and took a motorcycle from an open garage, but the motorcycle was dead. He reportedly pushed it down the road a few blocks before going up to a house in the 1300 block of Barrington Avenue, hoping the resident would help him jump the motorcycle. That’s when an officer spotted him.

The girlfriend was reportedly found in a different part of the neighborhood.

Police also say Rodakowski may have taken a bike in the area between Beltline and Willakenzie Road. If you are missing a bicycle from this area, contact officers at 541-654-1242.

Rodakowski faces charges of hit-and-run, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangering, first-degree burglary, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, and he has also been cited for driving while suspended.

According to court documents, Rodakowski was released from Department of Corrections custody in November 2020 after about eight years in prison for first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a weapon, and four counts of weapon use.

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