UPDATE: Medford Police (MPD) have released more details after a low-speed chase of a stolen motorhome on Wednesday.
The incident began when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper requested assistance around 11:40 a.m. from MPD with a motorhome that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.
The trooper had initially spotted the motorhome in the area of the WinCo shopping center on Barnett Road, parked near the Adult Shop, as the trooper was patrolling northbound on I-5.
According to MPD, the OSP trooper became aware that the motorhome had been reported stolen, and that 34-year-old Aubrey General, a suspect in the theft, was also wanted for an outstanding parole violation. OSP also learned that General had been using drugs—and may have been "under the influence" while caring for a small child.
As the trooper circled back, he found that the stolen motorhome was beginning to leave the parking lot. Now aided by an MPD officer, OSP tried to pull the motorhome over on Riverside Avenue, but the driver continued on, refusing to pull over.
The suspect, later confirmed to be Aubrey General, turned the stolen motorhome west on 9th Street. He stopped for a red light at the intersection of 9th Street and Central Avenue, allowing OSP cruisers time to block the motorhome in by getting ahead of it.
According to MPD, General accelerated through the intersection, smashing into the OSP cruiser and hitting another civilian vehicle before continuing on.
The chase continued at "slow speeds" through downtown Medford, ending when General pulled the motorhome into an alley behind the Mail Tribune building on North Fir Street. The motorhome became blocked-in after General apparently tried to pull it into a covered parking area.
General exited the motorhome holding a small child before being arrested. The child, MPD says, appeared to be in good health.
MPD has charged General for the portions of the investigation in which they were involved, lodging him for Attempt to Elude Police (Vehicle), Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver x2, Reckless Endangering of Another Person, Reckless Driving, and Parole Violation Warrant. General's bail has been set at $32,500.
(Updated as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2)
MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police say officers chased after a motorhome through the downtown area.
Police say Oregon State Police and Medford Police were involved in a pursuit of a stolen motorhome. The chase came to an end near the intersection of 6th and Fir, and it all started on Barnett Road.
A trooper’s car was damaged but everyone is okay. The suspect is in custody.