Grants Pass man arrested on drug charges after chase

Oregon State Police say a Grants Pass man who led police on a car chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph on Highway 99 was found with several pounds of marijuana and several grams of methamphetamine Thursday.

Ty Whitten, 49, was arrested Thursday afternoon and was being held on more than $1 million bail in the Jackson County Jail on numerous charges, including the manufacture, possession and delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police, jail records show.

A news release from Oregon State Police said the chase started when State Trooper Jessica Hall attempted to pull Whitten over for traveling 81 mph in a 45 mph zone on Highway 99. Hall reported that Whitten did not pull over and sped away, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. Hall lost sight of the vehicle at Exit 45 off Interstate 5, but it was later found on a nearby dead-end road, abandoned.

OSP and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department began a search for Whitten. They found him 20 minutes later, walking through a neighborhood near the intersection of Highway 99 and Savage Creek Road. Whitten was arrested and taken into custody.

Police said Whitten had successfully eluded police in Grants Pass earlier that day.

Whitten is also being held on numerous failure to appear charges stemming from other methamphetamine-related cases.

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