Suspects Under Arrest After Turbulent Jackson County Car Chase

Deputies report that the suspects in a pursuit on Sunday night rammed patrol vehicles and threw objects into the roadway in order to elude law enforcement.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2018 12:06 PM
Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 12:13 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Two suspects are in jail after a car chase down Jackson County's rural roadways on Sunday night. During the chase, the suspects rammed a patrol car and even threw a bicycle into the road in attempts to evade deputies, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Just before 8:30 p.m., a deputy patrolling the area of Bellinger Lane and Minear Road tried to pull over a "suspicious vehicle" that had reportedly been parked at a church after-hours. The driver of the white Dodge Caravan — later identified as 35-year-old Christopher Michael Rock — immediately eluded the deputy.

During the ensuing chase, Rock allegedly swerved toward oncoming cars and patrol vehicles as they arrived on the scene. Deputies eventually lost sight of the van in a nearby neighborhood.

Another deputy then spotted the van driving on Arnold Lane. JCSO said that Rock again eluded deputies, driving toward Central Point. The van reportedly hit the front of a JCSO patrol vehicle at the intersection of Hanley Road and Rossanley Drive. The patrol car received minor damage, but the deputy was not injured.

Rock then continued toward Old Stage Road and on to Scenic Road. The passenger, later identified as 49-year-old Susan Anne Medcalf, reportedly "threw a bicycle into the roadway" from van.

"Deputies were able to avoid the hazard," JCSO said.

The van finally stopped when Rock drove off Gold Ray Road and failed in his attempt to cross nearby railroad tracks. JCSO said that Rock and Medcalf then fled on foot from the stuck van.

Deputies located Medcalf a short distance away and took her into custody. A JCSO K9 named Titan tracked Rock to a hiding place in the bushes nearby. Rock was taken into custody without further incident.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which covered about 19 miles and lasted around 24 minutes. The van reportedly caused minor damage to the railroad tracks and had to be towed from the scene.

Rock is lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges: attempting to elude police in a vehicle, attempting to elude police on foot, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged (hit and run), first degree criminal trespass, and two counts of first degree criminal mischief. Rock’s bail was set at $47,000 at lodging, plus a no-bail hold for a parole violation.

Medcalf was lodged in jail on charges of first degree criminal trespass and five counts of recklessly endangering another person. Medcalf’s bail at lodging was $30,000 plus a no-bail hold for a parole violation.

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