On October 14, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit team members were following up on a case in the 1200 block of W. 12th Avenue. While they were at some apartments, a car drove through the parking lot. The vehicle was recognized by an officer as associated to Timothy Wayne Emra, age 44, of Eugene, who was possibly armed, and for which there was probable cause to arrest for an incident for Elude, Reckless Driving, and Interfering (case 20-16988). He also had warrants.
The vehicle left the parking lot of the apartment complex and was met by an SCU officer on Arthur Street between W. 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue. The vehicle backed away from the officer as the officer was attempting to perform a traffic stop of it. The vehicle was backing back towards the area where several SCU Officers were out on foot. The officer in the patrol vehicle again tried to initiate a traffic stop when the suspect vehicle struck the passenger side front push bumper to get away. Several other patrol units responded along with SCU. The vehicle sped away northbound on Arthur, then turned eastbound on W. 11th Avenue after running the stop sign.
Officers spotted the vehicle unoccupied, but Emra was subsequently spotted by the SCU sergeant. Emra fled on foot a short distance, but was taken into custody without incident. During the search incident to arrest Emra was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
Emra was charged for case 20-17187 with Elude Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and two warrants.
In association with case 20-16988, he was charged with Elude, Interfering with Peace Officer, Reckless Driving.
Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit
The SCU has been focusing on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips and other sources. They have been proactively responding across the city to quality of life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, two sergeants and eight officers.