Man arrested after trying to flee prison sentence

The court issued a warrant after the suspect attended a February 17 sentencing remotely and disobeyed a judge's order to turn himself into jail immediately.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 8:09 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 9:23 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police arrested a man Tuesday who officials say tried to flee a 7½ year prison sentence. 

Robbie Louis Rowland, 50, was arrested at a traffic stop in the 700 block of W. 6th Avenue after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The court issued the warrant after Rowland attended his Feb. 17 sentencing hearing remotely and disobeyed a judge's order to turn himself into the Lane County Jail immediately.

The sentencing was for new construction burglaries that took place in 2020. Appliances were stolen from homes under construction in the north Delta Highway and River Road areas. 

Rowland had also been arrested three times  after his plea agreement and prior to his Feb. 17 sentencing. This included his arrest after a pursuit with Springfield Police, where EPD apprehended him after he crashed on his motorcycle on Delta Highway. Rowland was then arrested by the EPD Street Crimes Unit with drugs and money in his car and was arrested once again by an officer, who was granted a warrant by a judge, for drugs in his trailer. 

Rowland will now spend 7½ years in prison with other criminal charges still pending. 

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