Prolific Car Thief in Custody After Trying to Elude Deputies

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

DRAIN, Ore. - A prolific car thief is lodged in the Douglas County Jail this evening after stealing a vehicle and attempting to elude deputies early Wednesday morning. 

40-year-old Thomas Ivan Grimes of Eugene was observed by a Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy at 1:54 am, Wednesday morning driving a 2004 GMC Sierra Pickup on Goodrich Highway near John Long Road in Rice Hill. The vehicle had previously been reported as stolen to the Roseburg Police Department. 

The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, at which point Grimes attempted to elude them. Grimes eventually crashed the vehicle in 7000-block of Eagle Valley Road and ran from the scene. 

Deputies identified a residence where Grimes had run to hide and surrounded it. Shortly after 9:00 am, Grimes surrendered and was taken into custody. 
He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 
  • Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Attempt to Elude Police in a Vehicle
  • Criminal Mischief I
  • Reckless Driving
Douglas County Deputies have linked Grimes to eight additional stolen vehicles and three elude cases between Douglas and Lane Counties in the last week.

Additional charges related to those cases are pending.

Thomas Ivan Grimes


  1. Fucking lame ass!!!! He's only been out of prison for like 4 months. It's so Fucking sad how people like that will never change, in & out of prison pretty much your whole life!! I wonder if he ever thinks about how he will never get to experience living a somewhat normal life!! I'm so glad my Husband Terry won't be able to hang out with anymore!!!

  2. Well, Tymber Burkett-Thomas, birds of a feather, do flock together.


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