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White City car chase suspect faces mounting charges after Friday crash

JCSO say the car chase started on Highway 140 around Brownsboro-Meridian Road.

Posted: Jan 25, 2020 10:11 AM
Updated: Jan 27, 2020 2:03 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — A man accused of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase before crashing into other drivers near White City faces a new set of charges on Monday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

This all started Friday evening around 5:30 p.m. Police said that the chase began on Highway 140 around Brownsboro-Meridian Road. The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team were following the suspect as he drove a blue Subaru Impreza. The Sheriff's Office reported that he was involved in an ongoing drug investigation.

Police set up spikes on Highway 140 in an attempt to stop him. Despite successful spiking of his tires, police said the suspect sped off. A second spiking occurred, but the suspect continued to speed on bare rims, heading through Eagle Point.

"Another system called Star Chase was attempted to be deployed to be able to track the suspect with GPS but was unsuccessful," the Sheriff's Office said.

The chase then continued down Highway 62, where the suspect reportedly turned his lights off and was driving southbound in the northbound lanes. There, the Sheriff's Office said, the pursuing deputy stopped following as the suspect neared White City.

Near Antelope Road, the suspect crashed head-on into another vehicle. Oregon State Police said that a third vehicle crashed as well. Police reports show the crash occurred about 15 minutes after the chase started.

The suspect was then captured as he tried to run from the scene, the Sheriff's Office said.

Multiple people received medical aid at the scene following the crash. Further details will be available later on those injured.

The suspect was identified over the weekend as 37-year-old Joseph Brandon Guyette of White City. Right now, he remains at the Jackson County Jail on a state parole violation warrant with no bail.

The Sheriff's Office added more charges against Guyette over the weekend, including Reckless Driving, four counts of Assault III, Animal Abuse II, Resisting Arrest, and Interfering with Police. The MADGE investigation into Guyette remains ongoing.

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