Car chase nets suspect with do-it-yourself drug-dealer kit

A Medford man arrested Monday after a short car chase in White City that ended when he drove over police-deployed spike strips now faces felony drug and weapon possession charges.

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.

Investigators searched Castro's car and found methamphetamine, a rifle, packaging material, a scale and cash. He is not allowed to own guns because of a domestic violence conviction in 2011.

Castro is a known gang member and recently was arrested for drug and firearms charges, the Sheriff's Department said.

Castro remains in the Jackson County Jail on charges of eluding police, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. His bail is set at more than $1 million. The case remains under investigation.


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