At 10:43 p.m. on February 9, Eugene Police officers were called to respond to a physical dispute at East Broadway and Willamette Street. Upon arrival, they found two 18-year-old women had had their vehicle taken by another woman, later identified as Jerimy Sara Laxton, age 37.
The driver of the vehicle, a Ford Focus, had gotten out of the vehicle and was approached by Laxton, who began pushing and shoving her. When the victim began to scream, Laxton is reported to have made jabbing motions. The vehicle’s passenger got out and tried to come to her friend’s aid. But, Laxton is reported to have turned to her and made jabbing motions to her as well. Laxton had a knife.
A 39-year-old man who works in the area ran over to help and told the teens to get away from Laxton. They stepped away and Laxton got into the vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed eastbound on West Broadway towards Oak Street.
The driver reported her vehicle had a tracker inside it and officers were able to locate it near Cottage Grove, Oregon on Interstate 5. Laxton refused to stop and pull over for officers. EPD officers successfully performed a tactical vehicle intervention and took Laxton into custody at Highway 99 and Jefferson. Laxton was placed into custody at the scene and then transported to Lane County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unauthorized Use Vehicle, Elude-Vehicle, and Reckless Driving, and DUII. Laxton also had a warrant out of Oklahoma. The victim driver had some non-life threatening lacerations. Case 23-02055