Suspect in police chase that ended in Junction City cited and released

The Junction City Police Department said it's asked the Eugene Police Department to conduct an investigation into the collision between the motorcycle officer and the suspect.

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 12:39 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2021 7:51 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The suspect in a police chase that ended in a collision with a motorcycle officer in Junction City was cited and released following the incident.

Police said Derrick Freeman, 25, was taken to the hospital following the incident and was not taken to the jail. 

He received multiple citations from the Junction City Police Department, including three counts of reckless endangering, one count of attempt to elude on foot, one count of reckless driving, and one count of hit-and-run from an injury crash.

Freeman was also cited for second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree theft by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged crimes committed in Benton County only called for a citation and release, according to the sheriff's office.

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Officials with the Benton County Sheriff's Office said they have limited abilities to lodge suspects at the jail because of its small size and the COVID-19 protocols currently in place, among other reasons. The Junction City Police Department reported similar issues.

The incident started on Thursday when Benton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of two suspicious cars on Bellfountain Road. One of those cars drove off, eventually ending up on Highway 99 south toward Junction City.

Responding deputies from Benton County did not pursue the car but alerted other agencies in the area to be on the lookout for a car allegedly speeding up to 100 mph along the highway.

Junction City Police located the car, allegedly driven by Freeman, and began to chase it. As officers closed in, police said the car crashed into another vehicle.

Freeman then reportedly got out of the car and tried to run away, eventually colliding with a Junction City motorcycle officer. A video taken at the scene captured the incident.

Court records show Freeman has a long list of driving-related charges. Including this most recent incident, Freeman has had at least 15 driving-related charges over the past six years. They range in severity from violations to felonies including driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Freeman is scheduled to appear in Benton County court on Sept. 21.

The Junction City Police Department said it's asked the Eugene Police Department to conduct an investigation into the collision between the motorcycle officer and Freeman.

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