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Deputies Snared Dirt Bike Rider Who Tried to Elude Them in the Illinois Valley

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorcycle rider who tried to outrun deputies in the Illinois Valley this week.

The Sheriff's Office reports deputies initially tried to stop the 27-year-old dirt bike rider in the 400-block of South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction Wednesday night.

Deputies said the man refused to yield and led them out Caves Highway at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. They said the suspect turned onto White Schoolhouse Road and then onto Chapman Creek Road before he became trapped at a dead end.

That's where he was placed into custody and discovered to be in possession of a Glock .17-caliber snub-nosed handgun. The gun was temporarily seized for further investigation and the 2019 Honda CRF450X motorcycle was impounded.

According to the report, the dirt bike rider briefly struggled with deputies during the arrest.

The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving and Resisting Arrest.
Posted on 4/26/24 6:39AM by Sam Marsh