Two in U-Haul truck arrested after police chase
EUGENE, Ore. - A driver in a mid-size U-Haul fled police in West Eugene on Wednesday afternoon, leading officers on a chase past the city limits where sheriff's deputies joined in.
Multiple witnesses reported seeing the van driving on two deflated tires with numerous police vehicles in pursuit.
A photo from the scene shows the U-Haul hanging off the side of the road.
Police said the chase started in West Eugene around 3:21 p.m. and continued outside the city limits, ending around 4 p.m.
No one was hurt.
Police arrested the driver, Lane Allan Harris, 43, of Portland, on charges of eluding police, driving with a suspended license and unauthorized use of a vehicle. A spokeswoman said additional charges related to the pursuit are likely to be brought against Harris.
His passenger, 26-year-old Natasha Leanne Lucero of Portland, was arrested on one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
An officer initially tried to stop the U-Haul because an officer suspected it might be involved in an active case, a spokeswoman said. As of Thursday morning, police said they were still investigating any possible connections.
The investigation closed both north and southbound lanes of Northwest Expressway between Awbrey Lane and Irvington Drive during rush hour Wednesday while police investigate the van.
This is a developing story. This story will be updated