SHADY COVE, Ore. — A man wanted on an outstanding warrant managed to escape across the Rogue River after being chased by deputies and crashing on a motorcycle.
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tried to stop the rider of an "unlicensed motorcycle" heading north on Highway 62. The motorcycle rider instead sped away, beginning a chase northward.
Less than 15 seconds later, on the north end of Shady Cove, the rider lost control and slammed into a guardrail.
The Sheriff's Office said that the rider slid down a rock embankment and started heading toward the Rogue River. He took off his helmet as he ran, allowing deputies to get a look at him. JCSO said that they identified him as 36-year-old Josh Glenn Hines.
Jumping into the Rogue River, Hines was able to swim over to the east side and escape. He was last seen getting out of the river and running towards Old Ferry Road.
Though JCSO set up a perimeter and brought in a K-9 unit, they were unable to find the suspect.
Hines has a felony warrant out for his arrest — from a probation violation on an original weapons charge — and also has a suspended driver's license, according to the Sheriff's Office.
There are now further pending charges for Hines, including Driving While suspended, Elude by Vehicle, Elude by Foot, Reckless Driving, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Failing to Perform the Duties of a Driver.
Anyone with information on Hines is asked to contact JCSO via dispatch at 541-776-7206.