EUGENE, Ore. — A man led the Eugene Police officers on a short chase Tuesday morning and then barricaded himself inside his home for hours.
Officers surrounded a home in the River Road area for hours, urging a man locked inside to turn himself in. Neighbors say this isn’t the first time they’ve had problems with the man.
In the normally, quiet neighborhood neighbors noticed a car driving slowly down their street, the driver peeking into their driveways.
“Officers went out to take a look and they found the subject and the car when they tried to stop him he ran from the officers a very short pursuit ensued,” said Sgt. Wayne Dorman, Eugene Police Department.
The chase ended at the man’s home.
“I don’t know him personally; I know they used to rent this house and then his mom bought that house for him and they all moved over there,” said neighbor Jacquelyne Mace.
For hours just a five officers negotiated with the man, 28-year-old Denny McKendrick, to try and get him to come out of his home.
For neighbors, the behavior wasn’t a complete surprise.
“A lot of traffic in and out and our neighbors have noticed there are marijuana plants in the backyard,” Mace said.
Nor was it the first time police have been called to the home.
“We’ve called the police and a lot of them will just take the report and tell us that because of budget cuts we can’t do much right now,” Mace said.
Eventually the man surrendered to police.
“We’re going to take him down to the police department and interview him more about what was going on,” Sgt. Dorman said.
Officers say they removed a number of items from the home, including a gun.
“Right now we’re just holding onto that for safekeeping,” Sgt. Dorman said.
McKendrick faces charges for eluding by vehicle, driving with a suspended license and three counts of theft in the second degree. Officers say McKendrick was driving around taking lawnmowers out of neighbors’ front yards.