Homes, cars, and even gas lines were just some of the things damaged during the wild ride.
“I was getting ready for work when I heard a really large crash like almost like thunder,” said neighbor Jessica Manning.
Manning walked outside and realized that noise wasn’t the weather.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! Is everything okay?’ Then I just saw massive destruction and a whole fence out and the car really damaged, fence post through the windshield,” Manning said.
“It was completely totalled it was resting in my neighbor’s yard,” said neighbor Brenda Vogel.
Police say all that damage was the last scene of destruction caused by a car stolen in Springfield. Police say the suspected thief sped through a dead-end intersection, but that didn’t stop him. They say he continued driving down a driveway, right through a fence, across a field, over a hill, then crashed into a parked car, which finally stopped him.
“The guy stumbled out of the car and apparently said, ‘I need to walk this off,’” Vogel said.
Witnesses say the suspect ran off before police got to the scene. Once they were there, everyone began to survey the damage.
“I’m aware of at least three homes with multiple fences in that field in that area,” said Lt. Sam Kamkar, Eugene Police Department.
On top of the fences and homes, the driver also knocked out a gas line and hit a neighbor’s truck.
Neighbors say they’ve seen some burglaries recently, but this situation is even more concerning.
“It’s certainly one of the more dangerous ones we’ve seen in some time. As you can imagine, a vehicle traveling an excess of 60 to 80 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood is a recipe for disaster,” Kamkar said.
“We are so lucky, like we feel so lucky. It was so close,” Vogel said.
“It could have been a whole lot worse,” Manning said.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are working with neighbors to put the pieces together. If you have any information, contact Eugene Police.