MEDFORD, Ore. – A Medford man leads troopers on a high speed chase and dies being taken into custody.
Police say 9:30 Wednesday evening, troopers attempted to stop 42-year-old Joseph Vavorsky for two traffic violations but he decided to elude OSP heading northbound on Interstate 5. They say he stopped the car and fled on foot over a chain link fence on the side of the freeway.
Once Vavrosky saw Medford Police officers waiting for him on the other side, he turned around and climbed the fence again. Officers deployed their tasers, but it did not stop him. Eventually, officers located him in some bushes in the Greenway area and handcuffed him. That’s when Vavrosky collapsed.
“He obviously just ran from the officers for quite a ways rather hard so we expected him to be exhausted, so we weren’t’ sure if he were seeing exhaustion or some other type of problem but we quickly realized the problem was that he collapsed,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Paramedics took him to the hospital where he later died. Officers say Vavorsky is known to police and a frequent drug user.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the investigation. Investigators are performing an autopsy and toxicology examination.