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Police: Suspect Led Officers on High-Speed Chase with no Headlights Through Snow

The man, who is 'well-known' to police, had apparently stolen a vehicle in Medford and then tried to elude officers.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 12:01 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the midst of Tuesday night's heavy snow, a man led officers with the Medford Police on high-speed chase with his headlights off, the agency said.

Just after 10 p.m., officers with the Medford Police Department (MPD) reportedly tried to stop a vehicle driving without headlights on Barnett Road near Alba Drive. Instead of stopping, the driver took off toward I-5 northbound — eventually "exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour" on the freeway.

The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Henry Maldanado, exited the freeway in Central Point — where MPD said officers were waiting. The vehicle, they determined, was a 1997 Nissan Terrano that had been stolen out of Medford.

"The vehicle continued to elude officers as it drove back into Medford. The snow on the roads proved to be hazardous and the officers lost sight of the vehicle for a brief period," MPD said.

During that time, Maldanado apparently tried to park and ditch the suspect vehicle on Woodbridge Drive, off of Spring Street before walking away casually — but he was quickly found and arrested.

Maldanado, MPD said, is well-known to police. Officers reportedly found him in possession of methamphetamine.

Between Medford and Central Point Police, Maldanado has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Reckless Driving, two counts of Attempt to Elude, Unlawful Possession of Meth, and a parole violation for Burglary I. 

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