MEDFORD, Ore. — A Washington man was arrested after attempting to elude police in a vehicle, on a bike, and on foot in Medford.
Early Wednesday morning, an OSP trooper attempted to stop a 1991 Honda Accord for traffic violations and suspicion of criminal activity.
The vehicle attempted to elude at a high rate of speed through Medford until the driver lost control at the intersection of E. McAndrews Road and Crater Lake Avenue where it crashed into a road sign and curb in front of a Shell gas station.
The driver, later identified as 21-year-old Anthony Jonathon Allen Byam, from Enumclaw, Washington, fled from the vehicle on foot to a mountain bike leaning against a fence near the gas station.
With the trooper in pursuit on foot, Byam took the bike and attempted to flee eastbound on E. McAndrews Road, but the bike had two flat tires and the trooper overtook the suspect. The trooper deployed her Taser but it didn’t affect Byam as he jumped from the bicycle and fled on foot for several blocks.
The trooper continued to chase Byam towards a nearby neighborhood and heard him running through backyards. Officers from Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office quickly contained the area and set up a perimeter. At approximately 2:15 a.m., Byam was located in a backyard of residence on Grand Avenue where he was hiding in a small shed and was arrested by Medford police.
Byam stated he stole the vehicle approximately twenty minutes prior to the trooper trying to stop him. The car’s owner was contacted and confirmed the vehicle had been stolen from her residence. Byam was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.