A parolee who allegedly stabbed a man inside an East Barnett Road motel room on Friday afternoon was arrested five hours later following a pursuit through south Medford that ended when he purposely rammed a patrol car with his own vehicle, police said.

Foy James Chandler, 36, is suspected of assaulting a 39-year-old Medford man with a knife inside Room 27 at the Rogue Valley Inn in the 2800 block of East Barnett Road, Medford police Lt. Tim George said.

We believe Foy Chandler is a very dangerous individual who needs to be in custody, George said.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that the stabbing was drug-related, George said.

Officers went to the motel at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, after the victim called 9-1-1 from an emergency room at Rogue Valley Medical Center, located across the street from the inn. The victim was treated at the hospital and released, a nursing supervisor said.
— The victim, who was visiting Chandler at the motel, sustained a substantial stab wound to his left forearm following an altercation, George said. Blood from the wound was found inside the motel room, as well as along a nearby sidewalk. Chandler was staying in Room 27.

Following the stabbing, Chandler left the motel in his car, and was not located until about 6:30 p.m., after leaving a home in the 300 block of Ogara Street in south Medford. Officers tried to pull over Chandler, but he instead led them on a short chase along Stewart Avenue and Barnett Road. The pursuit ended on Barnett near Interstate 5, where Chandler ran his car into a patrol unit after being surrounded by officers, George said.

Officers located a gun inside Chandler's vehicle, George said. Investigators were still searching late Friday for the knife used in the stabbing.

Chandler, a former Eagle Point resident, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of second-degree assault, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, criminal mischief and a parole violation.

Chandler has previously been convicted in Jackson County of methamphetamine possession and robbery, according to state court records. He has served prison time in both Oregon and California, George said.

Police also arrested a 16-year-old associate of Chandler's at the Ogara Street address. He was lodged in juvenile hall on a probation violation and a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court.

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