Monday, April 29 2013, 12:36 PM CDT
Suspects lead deputies on chase through Central Point
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Two men are accused of leading police in a car and foot chase early Monday morning.
The chase began around 2:45 a.m. Monday when a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy saw a white GMC pickup fail to stop, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's office.
The deputy spotted the vehicle near Kirtland Road and Highbanks Road. Police say the truck had been reported stolen from Heritage Motors in Medford.
Officials say the deputy initiated a traffic stop. However, the vehicle took off, heading north on Highbanks Road.
The driver allegedly drove through private property and then began heading south on Highbanks Road, according to a press release.
Police attempted to use spike strips at several intersections but the strips weren't successful until they were used at Table Rock Road and Wilson Road.
At the Table Rock and Wilson roads intersection, police say the spike strips deflated the front tire on the truck.
However, the driver continued traveling. The suspect headed west on Hamerick Road to Biddle and eventually got on northbound Interstate 5.
Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle when he exited the interstate at Exit 45A.
The truck spun off the road and landed in a ditch, according to the press release.
The driver took off, running into nearby bushes; police were able to arrest the passenger.
Law enforcement personnel set up a perimeter and the sheriff's office brought in its K9 teams.
K9 Chucky found the driver about a quarter of mile away, hiding in the bushes, the press release said.
Deputies arrested Rodney Gourneau, 22, of Gold Hill on the suspicion of attempted to elude in a vehicle, attempted to elude on foot, unauthorized use of a mother vehicle, reckless driving, theft and an felony theft warrant. Police also arrested Blake Wallace, 19, of Medford on the suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a felony drug warrant.