MAN JAILED FOLLOWING EARLY MORNING POLICE CHASE

April 5, 2021 9:30 a.m.  (updated April 6, 4:00 a.m.)

A Roseburg man was jailed following an early morning police chase on Tuesday.

A report from Roseburg Police said at 4:00 a.m. multiple callers said a van was driving recklessly as it was headed northbound on Southeast Stephens. A deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the vehicle on Northeast Stephens, but the driver, identified as 61-year old James Breslin took off and continued to drive recklessly.

The thirty-seven- minute chase went from one side of Roseburg to another multiple times including on Northeast Winchester, Northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard, Northeast Douglas Avenue, across the downtown bridges, out West Harvard, on Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard, Northwest Stewart Parkway and Northeast Stephens plus a long list of other streets.

The suspect’s vehicle was spiked about eight minutes into the pursuit which deflated one tire. Twenty minutes later spike strips were used again, deflating two more tires. Breslin continued operating the van on the rims for a few more minutes. After driving through some of the plants in front of the downtown fire station while negotiating a turn, the van turned north at the Public Safety Building and came to a stop in front of the Roseburg Police Department’s back gate.

Breslin fled on foot but was captured near the corner of Southeast Court and Southeast Rose Street. Charges included attempting to elude in a vehicle and on foot, DUII/controlled substance, and for reckless driving. Bail was set at $116,250.

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