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Driver Arrested Following Multiple Attempts to Elude Police in Medford Area
February 1, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 26-year old Central Point man early Thursday morning on multiple charges following two incidents in which he attempted to elude OSP troopers. The first incident was discontinued due to the suspect's recklessness. The second incident and subsequent arrest concluded after OSP used a tactical vehicle intervention technique to force the vehicle to a stop in a parking lot along Highway 62 in northeast Medford.
 
On January 31, 2013 at approximately 1:23 a.m., OSP spotted a vehicle, a white 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, which recklessly eluded troopers two days earlier. An OSP sergeant involved in both incidents saw the vehicle near W. Stewart Avenue and E. Riverside Avenue in Medford and attempted to stop it. The vehicle attempted to elude as another OSP trooper got in position to assist the sergeant while officers from Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Medford Police Department were in the area to help.
 
The vehicle continued recklessly, driving through stop signs and traffic signals, eventually traveling onto Highway 62 where it pulled into a parking lot near milepost 2. Both OSP vehicles deployed tactical vehicle intervention techniques forcing the Chevrolet Tahoe to a stop.
 
The driver, JEREMY RAY RASMUSSEN, age 26, from Central Point, failed to comply with the officer's orders. After a Taser was deployed on RASMUSSEN, he cooperated and was taken into custody. He was not injured.
 
RASMUSSEN was linked to not only the previous elude from OSP but was also a suspect in past eludes from other local law enforcement agencies. He was lodged in Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
 
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (2 counts)
* Reckless Driving (2 counts)
* Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended (2 counts)
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Probation Violation Warrant - Fail to Register as a Sex Offender
 
A passenger was also arrested after his parole officer authorized a detainer to hold him in custody. The passenger's name is not available.