Eugene police arrest vehicle theft suspect after run-in with owner

Jason Scott Page of Veneta was arrested on multiple charges.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 5:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Veneta man accused of stealing a vehicle is in custody after a run-in with the truck’s owner in Eugene late Tuesday afternoon, Eugene police said.

Jason Scott Page, 29, of Veneta was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of hit and run, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with a police officer, reckless driving, reckless endangering, fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Around 5:15 p.m. a 35-year-old Eugene man spotted his Toyota 4x4 at 11th Avenue and Lawrence Street and followed it to where it stopped on Lincoln Street between 16th and 17th avenues.

Police said he grabbed a small bat before confronting Page, who got out of the truck. The two argued. Page jumped into the truck, put it in reverse, and hit a parked Toyota Camry, dragging the victim along with him.

Police said the victim was thrown off the truck and underneath the Camry. He sustained minor injuries.

Page fled west on 17th Avenue, driving recklessly until he crashed in the backyard of 1998 Broadview Street. He ran away from the scene.

A Eugene officer was in the area and located Page around Oak Patch Road and the bike path. The officer confronted the suspect, and Page claimed to have a firearm, challenging the officer to shoot him.

Page ran a short distance, but when the officer threatened to use his Taser, Page surrendered.

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