A Salem man was arrested early Friday morning, April 12, after crashing a stolen car in Keizer.
Sgt. Dan Kelley with the Keizer Police Department observed a suspicious vehicle slowly driving through a west Keizer neighborhood around 1 a.m. When Kelley tried to catch the vehicle, the driver – later identified as 30-year-old Thomas L. Berry of Salem – sped away and turned off his headlights.
The chase last about a half-mile before Berry crashed his Honda Civic sedan into a parked vehicle at Shoreline Drive N. and Wayne Drive N. Berry fled the scene on foot.
Berry was spotted in a nearby yard and apprehended, with help from Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The Honda was reported stolen from The Dalles. Berry had an outstanding warrant from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for assaulting a public safety officer.
New charges were added for attempting to elude, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to perform duties of a driver.
He was lodged at the Marion County Jail. Berry was uninjured in the incident.
Police found evidence in the vehicle which suggested Berry was stealing mail from residential mailboxes. Potential mail theft victims are being identified.