EUGENE, Ore. – Drivers are reminded over and over again not to use cell phones behind the wheel. But police said cell phones may have saved lives Sunday night.
Eugene police said emergency dispatch took a number of calls around 8 p.m. about a driver who was allegedly driving recklessly.
Thanks to the tips, officers said they stopped Kelly Dane Hurd on City View Street in Eugene, just south of 18th Avenue.
“We rely on a partnership with our citizens to help prevent crime and to help save people,” said Lieutenant David Natt of Eugene Police Department. “And if nobody would’ve called in…in this circumstance, potentially, we could’ve lost a life.”
Adam “Tree” Myers said Hurd illegally passed him on 18th Avenue using the left turning lane and when the dangerous behavior got progressive worse, Myers called police.
“But then two cars ahead when he passed them in the bike lane, that seemed like he’s going to hit somebody, he’s going to scratch a car and send a car into oncoming traffic. Something’s going to happen that’s bad. And that’s when we called in,” said Myers.
Myers said that he followed Hurd into a parking lot and that’s when Hurd inched towards him, pinning him hood-to-hood. When Myers tried to take a picture of Hurd’s car, he drove away.
Officers said that Hurd illegally weaved in traffic, disregarded a stop light, and nearly caused a collision between two other cars. Police said he tried to get out of the vehicle and walk away, but they took him to the ground and used a taser before arresting him.
Hurd faces charges of interfering with police, assault, criminal mischief, DUII, and reckless driving.