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Police Identify Suspect in Medford Pursuit; Officer Reported Injured

The suspect in a police pursuit and eventual arrest early Sunday morning in south Medford has been identified.

Posted: Oct 22, 2018 1:45 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2018 2:54 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: The Medford Police Department (MPD) has released more details regarding a pursuit and arrest in South Medford on Sunday. The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Kevin Leroy Holt.

At 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, detectives with MADGE (Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team) attempted to stop a vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 950 Alba Drive. Instead of coming to a stop, the driver — later identified as Holt — quickly backed up, hitting one of the MADGE vehicles and minorly injuring one officer.

MPD reports that Holt then accelerated forward, hitting another vehicle and fleeing the parking lot. He reportedly drove northbound through several fences and into the Alba baseball fields.

When Holt could drive no further, he reportedly jumped out of his vehicle and ran across I-5 towards the Earhart and Franquette area.

MPD officers with a K9 then assisted MADGE in tracking the suspect. A K9 named Kylo tracked Holt to the backyard of a home on Franquette Street, finding him hidden inside of a boat. Holt was then taken into custody without further incident, MPD said.

During a search of the surrounding area, officers also found more than two pounds of heroin "that the suspect had attempted to conceal."

Police lodged Holt in the Jackson County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Meth, Unlawful Delivery of Meth, Hit & Run (Property X3), Attempt to Elude-Vehicle, Attempt to Elude-Foot and Assault on a Police Officer.

(Updated 10/22/18 at 1:40 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A man is now in custody after nearly an hour-long search in South Medford. Medford Police tells NewsWatch 12 officers were actively investigating an area around Motel 6 near Alba Drive.

Officers attempted to arrest a suspect who then fled in a vehicle and rammed a police car. The suspect then drove across a nearby ballpark, ditched his vehicle and took off on foot. 

Police used a k-9 unit to track the suspect near Interstate 5. They took him into custody. No police were hurt in the incident. 

This is a developing story. 

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