CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Deputies arrested a transient man from California on Monday after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck along Highway 99.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that a blue 1989 Ford F250 service truck was reported stolen from Estremado Logging in Gold Hill around 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Less than an hour later, Phoenix Police spotted the truck near the intersection of Stewart and Lozier in west Medford.
The driver refused to stop, and managed to avoid several spike strips as officers gave chase. On Hanley Road, JCSO said that the pickup went over a spike strip, but officers were forced to fall back as the suspect neared Central Point. Regardless, the driver slowed down enough that officers were able to follow.
Police picked up the pursuit again on Highway 99, where the suspect again went over spike strips. The suspect avoided attempts by Medford and Central Point Police officers to finish the chase, and officers fell back again as the pickup went toward Medford.
When the suspect turned onto Table Rock Road and then Merriman, officers tried a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver in an attempt to stop the truck. Though the vehicle stopped initially, the driver was able to get moving again — hitting a Sheriff's Office vehicle in the process, JCSO said.
The chase continued onto Beall, then Old Stage Rad, and finally onto Hanley Road near Ross Lane. Officers attempted another PIT maneuver, driving the pickup into a ditch.
JCSO said that the suspect ran away on foot following the crash, but the agency sent in K-9 "Titan." The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Justin Wayne Siebels, surrendered before Titan reached him, allowing officers to take him into custody.
Siebels told officers that he is a transient from the area of Red Bluff, California. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail on a list of charges, including Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude Police, and charges for vehicle theft.