UPDATED: Medford man arrested after car chase

Updated 6:40 p.m. A known gang member arrested after a short car chase Monday now faces additional drug and weapons charges after police got a warrant to search his car.

A search of Jaime Gonzalez Castro's 1992 Cadillac El Dorado today found more than 8 grams of methamphetamine, more than $300 in cash, packaging materials, a scale and a rifle, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Deputies added charges of manufacturing, distributing and possessing meth, and being in contempt of court for having a gun after a domestic violence conviction in 2011 barred him from owning firearms. His bail is now more than $1 million.

Noon A Medford man was arrested after a short car chase in White City that ended when he drove over police-deployed spike strips Monday.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported Jaime Gonzalez Castro, 21, was driving near the intersection of Avenue A and Atlantic Avenue when a deputy saw the rear license plate on his 1992 Cadillac El Dorado was not registered to that car. Police attempted to pull Castro over, and he fled.

Police pursued Castro onto Foothills Road. Police laid down spike strips near the road's intersection with Coker Butte Road and stopped the vehicle. A stretch of North Foothills Road was blocked for 20 minutes while the scene was cleared.

Castro remains in the Jackson County Jail on charges of eluding police, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. His bail is set at $12,000 bail. The case is still under investigation.


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