SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man is in jail after police say he stole a car and then crashed it into a business early Monday morning.
Police say the crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. on the corner of 51st and Main in Springfield. The business in the building struck is Lost Valley Tax.
“The inside it took the drywall off the inside walls and probably some structural damage,” said Sgt. Pete Kirkpatrick, Springfield Police.
The owner says this created more work for him, and Kirkpatrick agrees.
“He’s got some work ahead of him so, no, he’s not too thrilled,” Kirkpatrick said.
Sgt. Kirkpatrick says after the crash, he says the suspect left the crash scene and ran into a neighborhood on A Street.
“While we’re checking, a resident in the 5100 block of A Street called and said some guy had just jumped her fence and asked her if he could come in,” Kirkpatrick said.
Police say the woman told the man no, then immediately called police. Sgt. Kirkpatrick says that’s when they were able to focus on where to find 27-year-old James Michael Zenor. Investigators say Zenor just got out of prison four months ago.
“He’s on post prison supervision for burglary, so this is nothing new to him. He’s not really figuring it out,” Kirkpatrick said.
Kirkpatrick says the pursuit for Zenor lasted longer than they would’ve liked, from 7:30 a.m. until about 8:50 a.m.
“That’s an hour and 20 minutes. That’s a long time for us to be working a track and getting someone into custody,” Kirkpatrick said.
But he says Zenor was finally caught, and no one was hurt.
“That’s why we come to work, and we’re pretty excited when we catch somebody like that that’s a menace to the city,” Kirkpatrick said.
Police say the car, stolen from a resident on T Street in Springfield, is totaled. Investigators say Zenor faces multiple charges.
Because of the police action, Riverbend Elementary School was put on lockdown Monday morning for about an hour.