Springfield Police arrest homeless man after meth-fueled police chase

A 46-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly smoking methamphetamine and leading police on a chase from Springfield to Eugene, and back to Springfield, according to a release from Springfield Police.

At about 4:30 a.m., Oct. 10, Springfield Police were called to the 600 block of W. M St. to a report of a stolen vehicle.

Officers found the suspect, identified as Paul Louis Monteith, 46, a transient, driving the stolen 2006 Honda Odyssey in the area of Autzen Stadium.

Monteith reportedly fled prior to officers activating their overhead lights, and led officers on a pursuit with speeds up to 90 mph towards Pioneer Parkway.

According to police, Monteith drove onto eastbound I-105, but was traveling westbound towards Eugene, at which point police ended the pursuit.

Paul Louis Monteith, 46, a transient, was arrested Oct. 10, 2017 after allegedly stealing a vehicle and leading police on a pursuit through Springfield into Eugene, and back to Springfield. Photo courtesy of Springfield Police.

An officer later observed Monteith traveling eastbound on Beltline, but in the westbound lanes towards Springfield, and police resumed their pursuit when he re-entered Springfield.

Monteith drove into the IHOP parking lot at Gateway and Beltline, where he turned into a dead end and got stuck on the side of the restaurant. As Monteith was attempting to free the vehicle from the building, officers broke the window to the vehicle and pulled Monteith out, and placed him into custody after a short struggle.

Police say Monteith admitted to having smoked methamphetamine about an hour prior to stealing the vehicle.

Monteith faces charges of attempting to elude police by vehicle, reckless driving, six counts of reckless endangering, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and DUII-controlled substance.