November 9, 2012
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Oregon State Police (OSP) apprehended a wanted man, who previously eluded OSP and other area law enforcement agencies in a vehicle, after he was later located while on foot near Highway 99N and Savage Creek Road in Jackson County.
According the OSP Trooper Jessica Hall, TY WHITTEN, age 49, was observed driving a 1998 Toyota Camry at 81 mph in a 45 mph zone on Highway 99N. Hall attempted to stop the suspect but he failed to yield and accelerated away at speeds over 100 mph. The vehicle was lost near Interstate 5 at the MP 45 interchange. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was located abandoned on a dead end road.
With the assistance of other OSP troopers and Jackson County Sheriff's deputies, WHITTEN was located about 20 minutes later walking through an area neighborhood and arrested without incident. WHITTEN was found to be in possession of several pounds of marijuana, several grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. WHITTEN also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Josephine and Jackson counties. Earlier the same day, he had successfully eluded Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
WHITTEN was lodged into the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
Attempt to Elude - Vehicle
Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Marijuana Manufacturing
Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine
Felon in Possession of Restricted Weapon
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety also has pending charges for Elude and Manufacturing and Delivery - Methamphetamine.