MEDFORD, Ore. — The high-speed pursuit of a wanted man riding a motorcycle ended Wednesday afternoon when he struck a police vehicle and crashed on the I-5 interchange in Phoenix, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to pull 34-year-old Christopher Lee Ridders over in White City just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, but the man sped away on his black Harley Davidson motorcycle, "driving recklessly and at high speeds while running red lights and splitting traffic."
Officers abandoned the pursuit out of concern for public safety, but multiple agencies tracked him as he headed south.
Ridders reached the Phoenix exit 24 interchange and tried to pull a u-turn at the off-ramp to head towards oncoming traffic, the Sheriff's Office said. Moments later, he collided with a police vehicle, crashed, and was taken into custody.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force sought Ridders on multiple warrants out of Washington County, according to the Sheriff's Office — including a parole violation and charges for second-degree robbery, second and third-degree assault, first-degree theft, and assault on an officer.
The chase on Wednesday resulted in further charges for attempting to elude by vehicle, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.
Ridders was taken to the Jackson County Jail, awaiting return to Washington County for prosecution.