Driver runs red light, leads Springfield officers on chase, police say

The suspect reportedly resisted arrest once the chase ended.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 7:48 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A high-speed chase kicked into gear on Thursday after a driver ran a red light, police said.

At about 1:45 a.m., police attempted to stop the car at Gateway Street and Beltline Road.

The driver took off north out of the city of Springfield. Police said the suspect drove through a locked metal gate and onto a property owned by Wildish Construction.

Then, the chase led to Coburg Road and onto Interstate 5 northbound. Police used spike strips to slow the chase, and the car eventually came to a stop near milepost 225.

Police said the driver, Jesten Ransier, 39, of Springfield refused to obey orders and reached for a knife. They said a less-lethal weapon and a police dog were used to take Ransier into custody.

Ransier faces charges of eluding by vehicle, reckless driving, hit-and-run, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal mischief.

The pursuit lasted nearly 40 minutes.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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