Man accused of leading police on chase, ramming fence

Police identified the driver of the vehicle as 34-year-old Ronald Goertzen.

Posted: Aug 18, 2020 10:08 AM
Updated: Aug 18, 2020 12:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A 34-year-old Fall Creek man is facing more than a dozen charges after a police chase that ended when a vehicle rammed through a fence at a Springfield automotive shop just after midnight on Tuesday.

According to the Eugene Police Department, four teenage girls in a car were chased by a separate vehicle in Eugene Monday night. Police said two of the girls were 14 and the other two were 17. 

Police identified the driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Dually, as Ronald Goertzen. Police said the women called 911 and drove to the Springfield Police Department for help. Police said Goertzen continued to drive on Franklin Boulevard into Springfield, at one point driving on the wrong side of the road.

During the chase, police said Goertzen rammed into a Eugene Police vehicle and Springfield Police vehicle and drove through a gate and chain link fence at Caliber Collision in the 4300 block of Main Street. Witnesses told KEZI 9 News the man got his car stuck when trying to break through the fence at the automotive shop.

“They tried to get him to get out of the vehicle. He wouldn’t turn the vehicle off. I heard them at one point say, ‘Drop your weapon’. He continued to try to run in his vehicle,” said Jennifer Stockton, who lives nearby. 

Authorities said Goertzen produced several weapons, including a tire iron, ax and shovel. After negotiations, the man surrendered.

Goertzen was lodged at the Lane County Jail and faces 16 charges, including reckless driving, eluding a police officer and criminal mischief.

This is a developing story.  

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