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Around 9:30 this morning, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office initiated an elude headed towards Jackson County. Rogue River Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies joined the pursuit in progress on Rogue River Hwy near Grants Pass.
The white box van eluded JOCO Sheriff’s deputies up Galls Creek Road at speeds unsafe for road conditions. As the pursuit gained elevation, Galls Creek Road turned to dirt and more and more snow covered the roadway. The van begun to get stuck in snow and was forced to turn around, striking a JOCO Sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle.
The van returned down Galls Creek Rd. and JCSO deputies successfully deployed two spike strips, greatly reducing the van’s speed by spiking the tires. As soon as the roadway was clear of traffic a JCSO deputy performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver, disabling the van by nudging the rear quarter panel until the driver lost control and crashed into a ditch.
The driver refused to exit the van so JCSO deputies breached the window with less than lethal beanbag rounds. The driver, Jason David McMasters, 43, of Grants Pass, was taken into custody at 10:21 a.m. McMasters is charged with attempted assault on a peace officer, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, attempting to elude, and hit & run. He is lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Courtesy of JCSO