Police Chase Lands Two in Jail

MEDFORD, Ore. — Early Monday morning, two men were arrested after attempting to elude a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy in a stolen vehicle. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy attempted to stop a white GMC pickup truck around 2:45 a.m. after it failed to stop at a stop sign.

The sheriff’s office says the suspect vehicle fled north on Highbanks Road, drove through private property, and then began heading south on Highbanks Road. Spike strips were attempted at numerous intersections and finally at Table Rock Road and Wilson Road, the front tire of the suspect vehicle deflated after being hit.

The vehicle continued onward until attempting to exit the interstate at exit 45A, but then the driver lost control, spun off the road and into a ditch. The driver then exited the car and ran off into the bushes. The passenger in the vehicle was immediately taken into custody. The sheriff office says they used K9 units to track the suspect and eventually found him hiding in the bushes a ¼ of a mile away.

The driver was identified as Rodney Gourneau, 22, of Gold Hill. Gourneau had a felony warrant for Theft 1. The passenger, Blake Wallace, 19, of Medford, had a Felony warrant for PCS/Meth. The truck was a stolen from Heritage Motors in Medford and was towed to its lot, at the owner’s request.

Both suspects were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.