Oregon state senator wields bat to scare burglar

Oregon state senator wields bat to scare burglar
FILE photo -- State Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — State Sen. Chris Edwards played baseball when he attended South Eugene High School and was ready to put those skills to use when a burglar entered his garage this week.

The lawmaker wielded an aluminum baseball bat as he chased the suspect away early Thursday.

Edwards called the intruder a "dirt bag" in a Facebook post shortly after the incident. He added: "It's probably for the best that I only had my Easton baseball bat when I caught you in the act."

The 39-year-old Democrat told The Register-Guard newspaper he owns guns but "wasn't looking for a firefight" in the middle of the night.

Eugene police have not found the burglar. They typically take about 200 reports each month from people who have had items stolen from vehicles.