Stolen car leads to police pursuit, manhunt

UPDATE: Police have arrested the final suspect. Police said neighbors can now go outside.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 6:39 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 8:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A stolen car full of meth led police on a chase Monday night, ending with an hours-long manhunt that put a Eugene neighborhood on lockdown.

Springfield police say they spotted Jessica Blanton, 25, and Roberto Martinez, 42, in a stolen Mercedes on I-5 late Monday afternoon and followed it west into Eugene. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Delta Highwayt and Beltline, but the driver sped off. The suspect vehicle, which had California plates, eventually crashed at the corner of Norkenzie Road and Larkspur Loop.

Officers say the female driver and a male passenger hopped out of the car and ran off in opposite directions. Dozens of officers, along with police dogs, fanned out across a wide area, and homeowners were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

Police say the driver broke into a home and attempted to hide. The passenger broke into a separate home in the 1500 block of Monterey Avenue, detectives said.

Both suspects were evetually located and arrested.

Springfield police Sgt. Brian Humphreys said the Mercedes had meth inside, but no weapons.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released.

Two backseat passengers were questioned and released.

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