Fugitive from Arkansas leads Springfield PD on high-speed chase

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A fugitive from Arkansas led Springfield Police on a high-speed car chase across town early Sunday morning.

After speeding away from police at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour, the suspect, later identified as 39-year-old James McClain, pulled over and surrendered to police.

No one was hurt during the police chase, Springfield PD officials said.

The incident started at around midnight when Springfield Police officers tried to stop a car for driving the wrong way on Pioneer Parkway. Officers reported the car turned around to drive the correct direction, but said McClain didn't pull over.

Officials said he instead turned onto Highway 126W, driving as fast as 100 miles-per-hour. McClain lost control of his car near the I-105 exit to Valley River Center and slid into a guardrail.

Officers reported trying to take McClain into custody, but said he slowed his speed and continued onto w 6th Ave. After making it to Hwy 99, the suspect pulled over and stopped near Irving Road, Springfield Police said.

It was then officers learned that McClain was wanted for a burglary out of Arkansas.

McClain had a female passenger during the pursuit, who told police she'd continuously asked McClain to stop the chase and pull over. Officers released her without charges.

He was booked at the Lane County Jail for reckless driving, reckless endangering, hit and run (property damage) and eluding in a vehicle. He is also being held as a fugitive for the burglary warrant out of Arkansas.

Eugene Police helped Springfield Police by stopping traffic on Highway 99 for a short time while officers made the high-risk stop, officials said.