A fight, a gunshot, a car crash - and another escape
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Thomas Grimes, 32, who broke out of the Douglas County Jail last month, was found by Springfield police early Thursday morning. Officials say Grimes tried to run down an officer with a vehicle.
At about 3:40 a.m., police say that Sgt Pete Kirkpatrick found a stolen vehicle at 1308 33rd Street in Springfield.
Officials say he approached the vehicle and spotted Grimes next to the car.
When he contacted Grimes, a fight ensued, and police say Grimes was able to get into the car.
That's when police say Grimes drove directly at another officer who had arrived to help.
Officials say an that officer shot at Grimes, striking the vehicle.
The car missed the officer and took off at a high rate of speed.
Police then gave chase, and Grimes crashed at 42nd and Olympic.
Grimes fled from the vehicle and escaped into a wooded area on foot. Springfield K-9 units and the SWAT team were called in to assist with the search.
Later, a white 1996 4-door Saturn with license plate 775EUP was reported stolen from a business in the direction Grimes had fled.
Escaped from jail in June
Deputies at the Douglas County Jail discovered Grimes missing from his cell in June.
A few days later, police spotted him in Springfield and moved in, but Grimes fled and escaped capture.
Grimes was being held in Douglas County on several warrants charging him with Attempt to Elude, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Grimes was also being held on a warrant out of Lane County and a Lane County Parole Board hold.
In December 2009, Grimes took off in a stolen car from Springfield, barreling head-on into traffic as deputies tried to take him into custody on a warrant, the sheriff's office said.
Authorities in Douglas County took Grimes into custody in January of this year after another car chase when police in Sutherlin attempted to stop a car for a minor traffic violation. Instead of pulling over, the driver - later identified as Grimes - sped off, reaching speeds over 100 miles an hour.
Officers followed the car into Oakland, where the driver ditched the vehicle and ran on foot.
Sergeant Joseph Felix of the Sutherlin Police Department said officers were looking for the suspect when he noticed the skirting on a mobile home unit was displaced.
"I could smell him before I could see him," Felix told KPIC News in January.
Felix said the smell of alcohol was very strong, and he eventually located Grimes underneath the mobile home and took him into custody.