Springfield Police Arrest Chase Suspect

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — For the second night in a row, Springfield police arrested a suspect after a high-speed chase.

This time, Jesse Yager was allegedly driving a stolen car on Highway 126.

Officers stopped him with a spike strip that poked holes in the tires. It didn’t pop them, but punctured them to slowly let air out. Police say this is just one of the tactics they’re able to use in a chase like this one.

“Each vehicle pursuit has to be weighed on the circumstances of that pursuit, so it’s going to depend on what time of day it is, how heavy traffic is, what the speeds are,” said John Umenhoffer, Springfield Police Department Sergeant.

Officers say Yager was going about 60 miles an hour until he hit the spike strip. That slowed him to 45 miles per hour.

Yager faces charges including eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

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