A 20-year-old Salem man who drove away from two police officers Tuesday was arrested after hitting a fence at Keizer Little League Park, where games were taking place.
The incident started around 5 p.m. May 10 when officer Jeremie Fletcher with the Keizer Police Department saw a 1992 Honda Civic hatchback with no plates or temporary registration going east on Lockhaven Drive NE, driven by a man later identified as Colton Shane McElroy.
Fletcher attempted to stop the Honda near the intersection of Lockhaven and McLeod Lane NE for the traffic violations, but McElroy eluded him by turning southbound onto Chemawa Road NE at high speed. Fletcher terminated the pursuit but continued to travel in the same direction.
Moments later, officer Eric Jefferson was near Chemawa and Brian Court NE when he saw the Honda go by him at high speed. Jefferson then saw the car travel off the road and go through a field near the intersection of Chemawa and Verda Lane NE. Jefferson saw McElroy driving east on Keizer Road NE toward KLL Park. Both Jefferson and Fletcher drove in that direction, without their emergency lights on.
As the officers reached KLL Park, a citizen told them the Honda had gone past the fields northbound on Ridge Drive NE. Officers went in that direction and spotted the Honda parked adjacent to a dwelling just north of the park. When McElroy saw the cops, he drove through the parking lot of Keizer Church of Christ and down a steep embankment towards fields where players were warming up for a game.
McElroy continued driving west on a gravel access road bordering the fields where a number of other players and family members were. He continued until crashing his Honda into a chain link fence bordering the west side of the park. McElroy then fled on foot.
Additional officers from the Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to set up a perimeter. Two K-9 teams, one each from KPD and MCSO, also responded.
After about 90 minutes of searching, KPD officer Scott Keniston and his K-9 partner Bruno located McElroy hiding in a chicken coop behind a residence on the 1900 block of Chemawa Road NE. He was taken into custody without further incident.
McElroy was charged with one count each of felony attempting to elude a police officer, misdemeanor attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. He was taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact officer Fletcher at 503-390-3713 ext. 3467.