A suspected car burglar ended up pinning himself when he jumped out of a rolling car during a police chase in Oregon last week, authorities said.
Suspect Isaiah John Gellatly, 31, suffered a broken leg in the high-speed chase in Happy Valley, Oregon, police said. After being treated at a hospital, he was booked at the Clackamas County Jail, police said.
The episode unfolded just after 11 p.m. Monday when a Happy Valley patrol officer responded to a call about a theft in progress and spotted Gellatly inside a parked 1998 Honda Accord lying in the fully-reclined driver’s seat, according to a police statement.
When the officer shined a light into the Honda, the driver sat up in his seat, put the car in drive and peeled away, police said. With his emergency lights flashing and siren wailing, the patrol officer chased after the vehicle and radioed for assistance, officials said.
Officers responding to help placed spike strips in the road, which punctured one of the Honda’s tires.
The suspect then turned into a business complex, as the hobbled Honda hit curbs, a retaining wall, and the bumper of a pursuing police car, authorities said.
Dashcam video from a police car showed Gellatly allegedly opening the driver’s side door, jumping out and running alongside the still-rolling Honda — which ironically helped bring him to justice.
Gellatly’s lower leg was pinned under the wheel of the Honda, allowing cops to finally catch him.
In the car, cops say were numerous items believed to be stolen, including a tennis racket, a ping-pong paddle, designer sunglasses and a Schwinn scooter.
Gellatly of Vancouver, Washington, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft.