Incident: Vehicle Pursuit
Location: Gateway Street/Beltline Road
Case Number: 20-3010
Date/Time: 4/30/20 @ 0148 hrs.
Arrested: Ransier, Jesten Eugene, 39 years old, Springfield
Charges: Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 2
On April 30th, 2020, at approximately 1:48 AM, Springfield Police attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of Gateway Street and Beltline Road after the vehicle failed to stop for a red light at the intersection. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for the officer and attempted to elude police. The officer pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens and the pursuit went north, out of the city of Springfield. The suspect drove onto private property belonging to Wildish Construction and through a locked metal gate, damaging property. The suspect continued to attempt to elude police in the Coburg Road area of Eugene before getting onto Interstate 5, northbound.
The pursuit continued north on I-5. Springfield Police got into position to successfully deploy spike strips, slowing the high speed pursuit as it continued north. The suspect vehicle, having sustained tire damage from the spike strips, eventually came to a stop on I-5, near mile post 225. Deputies from the Linn County Sheriff’s office assisted with the pursuit and traffic stop. Once stopped, the driver, later identified as Jesten Ransier, refused to obey commands, and, at one point, reached for a knife. A less lethal weapon was used by police and a police K-9 was deployed in order to take Ransier into custody, who continued to resist arrest, even after that. The pursuit lasted approximately 37 minutes.
Ransier was later transported to the Lane County Jail and was lodged on the listed charges.
The Springfield Police Department is grateful for the assistance of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.