Man jailed for allegedly fleeing police twice in week



MEDFORD, Ore. — A man with a history of fleeing police was arrested again early Thursday after leading officers on two chases this week.

Jeremy Ray Rasmussen, 26, of Central Point, Ore., was subdued with a stun gun and arrested after racing through Medford, Oregon State Police reported. He remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Friday without bail on two counts each of felony attempting to elude, reckless driving, and driving while suspended, as well as a probation violation charge for failing to register as a sex offender, jail records show.

At 1:23 a.m. Thursday, OSP first spotted Rasmussen driving a white 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, which an OSP sergeant recognized as a vehicle that had eluded police two days earlier.

OSP gave chase near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Riverside Avenue, with officers from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Medford police joining in. Police said Rasmussen drove through several stop signs and stoplights, eventually reaching Highway 62 before pulling into a parking lot near Milepost 2, where officers forced the vehicle to stop.

Police used a stun gun on Rasmussen after he failed to comply with orders to surrender, police said. He was then taken into custody.