WHITE CITY, Ore. — A Medford man wanted for federal charges was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday following a pursuit and near-collision, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
At 12:08 a.m. a deputy tried to stop the driver of a lifted black Ford-350 pickup for "multiple traffic violations" in the White City area. Instead, JCSO said, the driver fled south onto Highway 62 and turned toward Corey Road.
The driver turned onto McLoughlin Drive and then ran through the East Vilas Road intersection without stopping.
"The pickup crashed into a tree and caused significant damage to the orchard," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "The suspect was able to free the vehicle and flee the crash scene, forcing an incoming JCSO vehicle to drive into a ditch to avoid a collision."
Deputies continued the pursuit for another 3.5 miles, until an officer with Central Point Police set down spike strips at the intersection of Table Rock and East Vilas. The strips flattened three of the suspect's tires, stopping him near Table Rock and Orr Drive.
"Pursuit intervention tools like spike strips are incredibly useful in stopping a fleeing suspect," said Sergeant Julie Denney. "We are thankful our partner agencies were there to help us stop this dangerous driver."
The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Andrew James Caucutt Jr., tried to flee on foot but was quickly caught by pursuing deputies. JCSO said that nobody else was in the pickup.
The agency said that Caucutt had a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service for a federal probation violation. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail for the warrant and new charges of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, and first-degree criminal mischief. The case is also being forwarded to the District Attorney's office for more possible charges.