Hit and Run Suspect Arrested

Phillip Daniel SipressMEDFORD, Ore. — A car chase resulted in an arrest early Wednesday morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a hit and run that had occurred at 7:50 a.m. on Highway 140 near East Antelope Road. A gold, 1989 Honda Prelude hit a Garner Tree Service Truck and then took off. A Sheriff’s deputy nearby was able to catch up with the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle ignored the attempt and continued to drive on Highway 140 towards Highway 62 in White City.

Several on-duty Sheriff’s deputies followed the Honda through White City into Medford. The Sheriff’s office is reporting that speeds were moderate. At Willamette Avenue and East Main Street in Medford, a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy was able to perform what they call a “PIT” maneuver. That maneuver apparently ended the chase and deputies arrested Philip D. Sipress, 22, of Medford.

Sipress was driving with a suspended license. He is currently lodged at the Jackson County Jail and is charged with Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, and Hit and Run-Property Damage.


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  1. Holly Goff says:

    I call BS on the fact that the Sheriff was going “moderate” speeds. Both the Criminal and the lead Sheriff vehicle almost hit me when they turned onto Delta Waters from Crater Lake Hwy… They were going way faster then 45 then, and when they went by my house, through 2 school zones moments later, they were definitely not going at a Moderate Speed…. LUCKILY there were not children crossing the streets to go to school….. Really? Was a hit and run worth all of those City & County Officials ( I lost count at 7 Sherrifs and 2 City) RACING through a Neighborhood right before school started?? YOU GUYS GOT LUCKY!!!!!

  2. Gavin Macfarlane says:

    I witnessed about five sherrifs chasing a gold car while i was waiting for the shcool bus on Cottage Street. They were going pretty slow, and they spike stripped the road. When the suspect drove past his wheels were flat. I’ve never seen a cop chase before that but it was pretty cool. By the end of lunch, every one knew about it.

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