State senator wields bat to scare burglar

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.