Man flees police, dumping cash

A 22-year-old Medford man was arrested early today for allegedly crashing his car into a curb and running from police, attempting to discard an unknown amount of cash while he ran.

Police first caught sight of Martin Derbigny at around 2 a.m. as he drove westbound on Tenth Street. It looked like he was speeding in the 25 mph zone, and an officer exiting the jail gave chase, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. The officer reached speeds of 45 mph during the chase.

"The vehicle was clearly outpacing him," Budreau said.

Police eventually lost sight of Derbigny but saw him again on Rose Street near Main as he blew through several stop signs. Police resumed their chase, and Derbigny eventually crashed his car near the intersection of Fourth and Rose streets, running from the vehicle on foot. At some point along the way, he tried to abandon a "substantial" amount of cash, Budreau said.

Police eventually caught and arrested Derbigny at a home in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police, hit and run, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

The investigation is ongoing to see if Derbigny is linked to any other cases, including recent robberies, police said. He doesn't match the description of the robber who held up the Shilo Inn Sunday and is shorter than the description of the robber who hit a US Bank branch in Albertsons on North Phoenix Road on Saturday.

— Ryan Pfeil


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