Suspect Drives 100mph in Attempt to Elude Metro Police

At approximately 1:15a this morning, an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper attempted to stop a silver SUV traveling westbound on the Rogue Valley Expressway (RVX). The vehicle allegedly did not have any license plates attached.

When the OSP unit activated their lights and siren, the suspect did not pull over, instead they hit the gas and sped away. The suspect was described as a male with short hair, wearing a gray hoodie.

Jackson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO) Deputies, along with Medford Police Department (MPD) units were alerted to the pursuit and began to get personnel in position to assist. Speeds reached 90mph through a construction zone as the suspect continued westbound on the RVX.

At approximately 1:22a, pursuing officers stated the suspect was traveling at 100mph while passing over E.Vilas on the Expressway. Due to the suspect’s reckless driving and high speeds, officers called off the active pursuit at 1:23a as the escaping vehicle made its way off the RVX and onto westbound OR62.

Metro law enforcement agencies entered into tracking mode, as several MPD units were in that area attempting to locate the suspect. A couple minutes later, a police unit radioed into dispatch that they had eyes on the suspects vehicle near Biddle and E.McAndrews.

As additional police units closed in on the suspects driving area, an officer stated they located the vehicle in a parking lot in the Manzanita area. As soon as the suspect saw the officer, he bolted from the SUV and a foot pursuit began.

Responding MPD, OSP, and JCSO officers set up a large perimeter to hinder any chance of the suspects escape. At approximately 1:26a, a witness stated they had seen the suspect, now wearing a white tank top. Police believed the suspect took off his gray hoodie in order to help facilitate his escape attempt.

At approximately 1:34a, responding officers said they believed the male suspect was hiding in a nearby building. The suspect surrendered to the officers shortly afterwards and was taken into custody without any further resistance.

There were no injuries reported during this incident. No additional information, including any potential charges, are available at this time.

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