Police Arrest Suspect Who Hid in Attic

meth arrestSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Police in Springfield say a man tried to escape arrest on felony drug charges Thursday morning, by hiding in the attic.

It happened in the 600 block of South 41st Court.

Police say they heard noises inside the home, but the suspect wouldn’t come out, so they went into the two-story duplex through a window and eventually found the man in the attic.

Elias Ward, 36, was wanted for distributing meth. Negotiators were called in to talk him down, and he eventually surrendered.

“No, no, no. We don’t go up in the attic. We don’t want to get shot. We opened the attic crawlspace and said, ‘Listen, this is what your options are. We know who you are. We know you’re up there. You might as well come out.’ So about five minutes later he said, ‘Okay, I’m coming out,” said Sgt. Brian Gay, Springfield Police Department.

Police say ward told them he panicked and buried himself in insulation. He was booked in the Lane County Jail for resisting arrest, escape, and interfering with police.

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