Oregon authorities are searching for a suspect they consider armed and dangerous Wednesday after he allegedly tossed at least four pipe bombs at police during an earlier chase.
Police say Neal Panschow, 43, has been driving a silver Honda Civic for the past few days and has led police on three chases in Clackamas and Multnomah counties, which are just outside Portland.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, says bomb squad technicians recovered the devices Tuesday from a street and nearby yards. Some homes were evacuated but the bombs did not detonate.
“I heard sirens, lots of sirens,” Joe Reed, who lives in the area, told KGW.com. “This is the first time we’ve had an incident like this.”
Officers attempted to stop the car Tuesday evening and the driver took off with an item that appeared to be an explosive device, KPTV.com reported. The driver, later identified by police as Panschow, tossed the explosive from the vehicle and the pursuit was stopped.
Panschow, who is identified as being about 5’10 and 170 pounds, is sought on an active arrest warrant from a nearby county for the charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude.
His car is a silver 2002 Honda Civic with two doors and Oregon license plates 064CPJ.