'He should be considered extremely dangerous'

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Thomas Grimes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A gunshot shattered the tranquil of night for Jessica Low, Brian Yelle and their kids.

"They were screaming, and it all happened right here," Low said of her rude awakening Thursday.

"It's disturbing because if those shots - yeah, it's too close to home, yeah," a still shocked Low told KVAL News.

The family awoke to the latest chapter in what has become a thorn in the side of law enforcement: a wanted man with a history of running from police who escaped from jail only to continue - if not escalate - his pattern of taking off rather than turning himself in.

Police rolled up to 1308 33rd Street early Thursday morning, found a stolen car - and also found wanted man Thomas Grimes by the car.

"At that point (officers) tried to take him into custody," said Sgt. John Umenhofer with the Springfield Police Department, "and they got into a fight while backup officers were on the way."

Police said Grimes got into the stolen vehicle, pulled out, sped off and nearly hit Officer Jared Quinones, who had arrived on the scene as backup.

Quinones fired at the fleeing Grimes, hitting the car once.

Grimes sped off, and the chase was on.

"Like 6 cars went this way and four cars went off Olympic," Yelle said. "You could hear them: woosh, woosh."

The skid marks show where the chase started.

The pursuit didn't last long: Grimes crashed at 42nd and Olympic, then fled on foot into the woods. Police dogs and the SWAT team came up empty. Police think Grimes stole another car from a business parking lot to get away.

"I think he should be considered extremely dangerous," Umenhofer said. "We knew he had a past that included domestic violence and that he's capable of that."

Police think Grimes was last driving a 1996 white 4-door Saturday and that he is "shuttling between Roseburg and Springfield and continuing his behavior; he's stealing car after car," Umenhofer said.

Grimes' arrest can't come soon enough for Low.

"We're moving because we can't handle this anymore," she said. "It's just too much."