Eugene, Ore. – On January 23, 2022, at approximately 10:34 am The Oregon State Police began a pursuit with a black Nissan Pathfinder after the driver was observed assaulting a female passenger.
The pursuit began in Eugene, entered Springfield, and then returned to Eugene. The vehicle drove onto a bike path behind the Valley River Mall endangering bicyclists and pedestrians while continuing to elude. Due to the ongoing danger to the community, an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife pickup contacted the vehicle. The Pathfinder lost control and spun to a stop down an embankment.
The male driver was taken into custody without further incident. The female passenger was found to be a missing 17-year-old juvenile, who was released to the Department of Human Services. The driver was identified as TIMOTHY WAYNE EMRA (45) of Eugene. Emra was taken into custody for eluding, reckless driving, reckless endangering x9, felon in possession of a weapon, kidnapping, coercion, assault 4, PCS methamphetamine, DUII, criminal driving while suspended, tampering with physical evidence, and interfering.
The Oregon State Police are seeking public assistance with information from individuals, who were on the bike path during the pursuit. If you were utilizing the bike path and were passed by the pursuit, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP (*677). Reference Case # SP22018204.
The Oregon State Police were assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
(News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 24th, 2022 5:42 AM)