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Deputies arrest 'reckless driver' following 36-mile high-speed chase

Multiple reports of a reckless driver zipping around the Medford area led to a long pursuit that ended with flames and the use of a taser.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 1:56 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 2:22 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — A man from the town of Gladstone in Clackamas County is in custody on Wednesday afternoon after allegedly leading law enforcement on a 36-mile high-speed chase across Jackson County on Tuesday evening.

Dispatch received a 911 call about a reckless driver on Crater Lake Highway near Vilas Road just before 5:30 p.m.

"The caller reported a red Honda Civic hatchback was speeding, driving in the center lane, and veering into oncoming traffic. Additional callers reported the vehicle nearly caused a head-on crash in White City and cut off an ambulance as it continued north into Eagle Point," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said in a statement.

The dispatchers realized that they had received calls earlier in the day about the same vehicle driving recklessly in two different areas of West Medford. Oregon State Police dispatch said that it had also taken a call about the vehicle "speeding and driving recklessly" on I-5 through Medford.

Just minutes later, a JCSO deputy spotted the red Civic heading north on Highway 62 just south of Shady Cove. JCSO said that the deputy tried to get the driver — later identified as 28-year-old Shadow Lee Newman — to stop, but the driver continued northbound.

Thus, the pursuit began.

According to JCSO, Newman temporarily stopped his car in the middle of the roadway in Shady Cove "and shouted at the deputy." He then took off again, driving north "in a reckless manner."

"Newman stopped again in the middle of the roadway at the 27-mile marker and shouted at the deputy again," JCSO said.

Newman reportedly ignored the deputy's commands and kept heading north on Hwy 62, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour.

"As Newman passed Prospect, his vehicle began smoking heavily and eventually caught fire," JCSO said.

As the Civic began to slow, JCSO said that the deputy was able to execute a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver, causing Newman’s vehicle to spin out and stop on the shoulder of Hwy 62 near the mile marker 55.

Still, JCSO said, Newman resisted the efforts of deputies to take him into custody.

"A TASER was used to control Newman’s movements and deputies were able to place him in handcuffs," JCSO said.

Newman was taken to jail without further incident, and his case will be forwarded to the DA's office for prosecution and to review for more potential charges. At present, Newman has been lodged on charges of Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering.

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