Man arrested after foot chase in Springfield

During the foot chase, police said Uzelac either threw or dropped a loaded semi-automatic weapon.

Posted: Apr 10, 2021 3:59 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2021 5:48 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man is in jail after a foot chase that ended in the 2300 block of Olympic St. Friday night.

37-year-old Michael Joseph Uzelac is facing charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Interfering with Police, Theft II and Elude (Felony Warrant).

Uzelac was wanted for stealing motorcycle equipment from a prior case.

He quickly fled the scene on foot.

During the foot chase, police said he either threw or dropped a loaded semi-automatic weapon.

Uzelac has prior convictions for assaulting a Springfield Police Officer while in possession of a gun.

Officers found Uzelac in the parking lot of Jerry’s Home Improvement Center in Springfield and were successful at using a taser to safely take him into custody. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail.

Police say the gun and a portion of the stolen motorcycle equipment were recovered.

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