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Medford man accused of stealing University of Oregon Police car

Ryan Paul McGill, 30, of Medford faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle (class C felony), unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle (class A misdemeanor), and first degree criminal mischief (class C felony). (Lane County Jail file mugshot; still from UOPD video)

EUGENE, Ore. - A 30-year-old Medford man faces accusations he smashed out the window of a University of Oregon Police car and drove off early Wednesday morning.

Ryan Paul McGill faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle (class C felony), unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle (class A misdemeanor), and first degree criminal mischief (class C felony).

Eugene Police found McGill Thursday morning near the Greyhound station on Pearl Street, police said.

"Someone who is willing to steal a police car is not someone you want out on our streets," said Chief Matt Carmichael with the University of Oregon Police Department. "This was great police work and attention to detail by our partners with Eugene Police, and we’re extremely grateful."

Video recovered from the car showed McGill smash the window of a UO Police Ford Interceptor patrol sedan around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday outside a campus building while the officer was inside.

McGill drove two miles away from campus into southwest Springfield before abandoning the car, police said.

Officers recovered the car and distributed video of the suspect Wednesday.

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