Car chase leads to arrest of Medford-area transient

MEDFORD — A Medford-area transient is in jail after allegedly leading police on a brief car chase after he was spotted driving a vehicle stolen from a used car dealership.

On Monday, the Medford Police Department received word that a car was stolen from Addington's Used Cars, at 35 W. Eighth St. in Medford. All Jackson County police agencies were warned to look out for the car.

Later that same evening, the vehicle was spotted by a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy on patrol in White City.

The deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect eluded them and abandoned the vehicle in a field near Highway 140. The deputies were unable to locate the suspect after searching the area for hours. The vehicle was recovered.

"We had some information on who the suspect might be and were able to learn that he might be on his way to the bus station," Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Medford officers were waiting for Joseph Matthew Vavrosky, 40, as he entered the Medford Greyhound station, looking to board a bus to Portland.

Vavrosky was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, driving with a suspended license, third-degree escape and a probation violation linked to a previous possession of methamphetamine conviction.

He remained lodged in jail late Friday without bail.

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