Suspect arrested after high-speed chase

Police initially stopped the pursuit due to a concern about hitting pedestrians.

Posted: May 11, 2021 8:02 AM
Updated: May 11, 2021 8:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Eugene man is behind bars after leading police on a chase through Eugene and Springfield Monday night.

Springfield Police attempted to stop Dylan Edward Ohman, 40, for running a stop sign on his dirt bike at Gateway Street and Kruse Way at 9:38 p.m.

Officials say Ohman immediately took off westbound on Beltline Road into Eugene, reaching speeds up to 75 mph. He then took the Coburg Road exit and headed westbound on Crescent Avenue.

They say he drove his dirt bike onto the bike path near Delta Highway and Beltline Road. Police stopped the pursuit out of concern for pedestrians on the path. A short time later, they located the suspect's dirt bike ditched in a bush nearby. Multiple units responded to the area and set up a perimeter.

K9 Kirby picked up the suspect's track and followed it for a half-mile along the Willamette River. Officers found clothing they believed to be Ohman's and eventually found him hiding in bushes nearby.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Officials say the VIN on the dirt bike was intentionally destroyed and they suspect it was stolen. Ohman faces multiple charges including elude by vehicle, elude by foot and reckless driving.

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