UPDATE: The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) has released details on the car chase today, March 15. The suspect, 34-year-old Caleb Pratt, is still at large—and GPDPS say that he is armed and dangerous.
Police received an emergency call today at around 2:00 p.m. from a resident in the 300 block of Marion Lane. The caller reported seeing a man armed with a machete, fighting with a woman. The caller then said that both man and woman left together in a silver Toyota pickup.
Witnesses said that they saw blood on the woman, and believed her to be injured.
Police spotted the Toyota in the Fruitdale area and attempted to pull the vehicle over. They identified the driver as Caleb Pratt. Pratt would not stop, and sped away—beginning the police pursuit.
Pratt accelerated to dangerously high speeds as he neared Grandview on Cloverlawn Drive, according to the GPPD. Officers spotted school buses in the area, and reduced their speed to avoid causing collateral damage.
GPDPS officers and deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) started searching side streets along Rogue River Highway, towards the city of Rogue River. A caller contacted a deputy Sheriff, reporting that there was a silver truck driving erratically on Greens Creek Road. The caller directed police to a particular driveway.
A deputy heard a gun shot when approaching the location, as other units arrived. The Toyota was found and towed away as evidence. The JCSO took over the investigation at this point.
Law enforcement commenced a search of the woods around Greens Creek Road, but the suspect was not found. Pratt is still believed to be with the woman, a potential victim. She is described as a white female adult with blond hair. They both are believed to have fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260
(Updated as of 5:15 p.m. on March 15, 2018)
(Initial article below)
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Details are still trickling in after a chaotic scene in Grants Pass today.
Police on the scene told a NewsWatch 12 reporter that they believe a fight broke out somewhere in town earlier today—possibly as a domestic disturbance. Witnesses reported seeing a man emerge from a residence with "blood on his face."
Once police were able to respond to reports of the disturbance, the fight dissolved into a car chase between police and at least one suspect.
During the chase, the suspect attempted to drive up someone’s driveway near the 600 block of Green Creek Road. In the attempt, the suspect careened off the road and crashed.
At this time, the suspect in the incident is still at large. The crashed vehicle has been towed, however there are no details yet on where the driver may have gone.
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