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Police Looking For Douglas County Jail Escapee
Springfield police say that a man who escaped from a Douglas County jail remains on the loose following a fight with a police officer and evading gun fire after driving a stolen car toward another officer. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that police are eager to track down and arrest Thomas Ivan Grimes.
Police say Sgt. Pete Kirkpatrick suffered minor injuries in a fight with Grimes that broke out about 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Kirkpatrick had approached the 32-year-old as the suspect stood by a Honda Prelude that the sergeant had identified as being stolen earlier this week from the Roseburg area.
After scuffling with Kirkpatrick, Grimes got back into the vehicle and drove it directly toward officer Jared Quinones, who fired multiple shots at the car, striking it at least once.
Police do not believe that Grimes was hit by gunfire.