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The original item was published from 11/13/2021 10:46:34 AM to 11/21/2021 12:00:04 AM.



Posted on: November 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Suspect driving flees traffic stop, crashes and rams patrol vehicles

Photo of suspect vehicle rammed into patrol SUV

On November 13 at 1:18 a.m., Eugene Police spotted a Chevy Tahoe being driven erratically, that had no license plate and a broken brake light on Roosevelt Boulevard. An officer initiated a traffic stop and instead of stopping the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Officers followed from a distance, not in active pursuit. The Tahoe’s driver crashed the vehicle while turning south onto Hwy. 99 and then continued driving away. He slowed after heading south on Hwy. 99 from Roosevelt. Officers were able to pin the vehicle near Hwy. 99 and 5th Avenue. The uncooperative driver, later identified as Levi Dakota Sturgill, age 22, repeatedly backed up the Tahoe and rammed it forward into police vehicles. 


Less lethal sponge rounds and tasers were deployed to take Sturgill into custody. Sturgill was treated at a local hospital for a minor finger laceration. His charges include Elude by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.  Eugene Police Case 21-17902.


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