EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A wanted man is in jail after leading police officers on a four-mile chase Wednesday morning. Officers arrested 40-year-old Tyler Anthony Boyd on a no-bail warrant for parole violation — plus a new charge for attempting to elude police, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
On Wednesday morning, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF), a multi-agency team funded by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, learned that Boyd was living in a camp near the 25-mile marker of Highway 140.
Around 7 a.m., when task force members were in the area looking for Boyd, the wanted man drove by in a Jeep Wrangler.
Officers attempted a traffic stop, but Boyd fled west along Highway 140. Near the 21-mile marker, Boyd tried to turn onto a logging road. According to JCSO, Boyd lost control of the Jeep and drove onto an embankment, where his vehicle became disabled.
Task force personnel took Boyd into custody without further incident. Nobody was injured.
PNVOTF operates throughout the northwest states. The regional task force for Southern Oregon is made up of personnel from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, JCSO, and the Central Point Police Department.
Since its inception in June 2018, JCSO said that the regional multi-agency task force has made more than 200 arrests in Southern Oregon. The task force focuses on tracking down fugitives with felony warrants, including those identified locally as “Chronic FTA Offenders.” They also assist local agencies with locating suspects in active felony investigations.
Federal funding is provided to pay for overtime costs and equipment for local law enforcement personnel taking part in the task force. The task force also offers funding to local agencies for periodic fugitive apprehension operations. Per contract, the task force pays for space to lodge local fugitives in the Jackson County jail. Currently, 18 inmates are in the jail on a federal fugitive hold.
In addition to task force members, the Oregon State Police assisted in the Wednesday incident. Troopers are investigating a separate case involving Boyd, JCSO said.
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