Overnight Pursuit Suspect Arrested


**UPDATED** (6/5- 11:30 a.m.)

MEDFORD, Ore — Medford police arrested a suspected car thief following a high speed pursuit early Tuesday morning after the driven vehicle had been reported stolen just hours before.

The incident began Tuesday night when the suspect asked for a glass of water outside of a 37-year old Medford man’s apartment. The tenant allowed the suspect in his home and while grabbing water, left him unattended. The suspect then stole the man’s keys and the tenant watched him drive away in his 2006 Ford Mustang.

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy then spotted the vehicle just after midnight Wednesday. As other officers assisted in the elude, spike strips were deployed which helped to flatten the tires of the vehicle. It then crashed into a parked trailer and the suspect took off on foot when police lost sight of him.

Shortly thereafter, a citizen notified police to let them know someone was hiding in their garage. The suspect was found and identified as 39-year old Robert Pridy. Officers say he was uncooperative and used a taser to take him into custody.

Officers located methamphetamine and a dagger knife inside the stolen vehicle, which belonged to Pridy. Pridy is a convicted felon and therefore cannot possess certain weapons, such as a dagger.

Pridy is in the Jackson County Jail facing the following charges: unauthorized used of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, felon in possession of a weapon, attempt to elude in a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, reckless driving, and a hit & run-property.