Medford police arrest coffee-stand stalker after short chase

A serial coffee-stand stalker was arrested on various charges Saturday night after he led police on a brief car chase in northeast Medford and attempted to punch a Medford police officer before he was subdued, authorities said.

The chase began at 7:37 p.m. after David Jackson Hazlitt, 70, allegedly made an illegal U-turn in a white 1992 Chrysler LeBaron near a Dutch Bros. coffee stand on Biddle Road and sped away from Medford police officer Tom Venables' patrol car as Venables attempted to stop him, according to the Medford Police Department.

Hazlitt made another illegal turn off Biddle Road through a red light and into the parking lot of People's Bank at the intersection of Biddle and Market Street, police said.

There, Hazlitt allegedly jumped out of his car, argued with and tried to assault Venables before he was taken to the ground and subdued without any injuries, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen says.

Since early 2009, Hazlitt has been convicted of seven counts of criminal trespass at several Medford drive-up coffee stands, where he parked and stared at the women baristas and sometimes yelled obscenities at them, Hansen says. Courts have barred him from contacting any coffee stands in the county and three Dutch Bros. employees got civil stalking orders against him in 2009. This spring Jackson County Circuit Court appointed a guardian for him.

Though officers believe the proximity of the Dutch Bros. was tied to Saturday's chase, Hazlitt does not face any trespass or stalking charges from it, Hansen says.

Hazlitt, of Medford, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to assault a public-safety officer, attempt to elude, reckless driving, resisting arrest and interfering with a peace officer. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail, where he remains today in lieu of $25,000 bail after being arraigned this afternoon.

— Mark Freeman

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