A man with a history of fleeing police was arrested again early Thursday after leading officers on two chases this week.
Jeremy Ray Rasmussen, 26, of Central Point, was subdued with a stun gun and arrested after racing through Medford, Oregon State Police reported. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail today without bail on two counts each of felony attempting to elude, reckless driving, and driving while suspended, as well as a probation violation charge for failing to register as a sex offender, jail records show.
At 1:23 a.m. Thursday, OSP first spotted Rasmussen driving a white 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, which an OSP sergeant recognized as a vehicle that had eluded police two days earlier.
OSP gave chase near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Riverside Avenue, with officers from Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Medford police joining in. Police said Rasmussen drove through several stop signs and stoplights, eventually reaching Highway 62 before pulling into a parking lot near mile 2, where officers forced the vehicle to stop.
Police used a stun gun on Rasmussen after he failed to comply with orders to surrender, police said. He was then taken into custody.
A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody for violating his parole, but police didn't release his name.
Rasmussen is suspected of leading several police agencies on a chase the night of Jan. 29, too. Officers in Central Point attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Tahoe with California license plates, but the vehicle sped away.
That night, Medford police first sighted Rasmussen driving the white SUV at a high rate of speed near the intersection of North Central Avenue and Highway 238 and pursued him to Narregan Street near The Venue, where they canceled the chase.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said the vehicle's speed reached 65 mph before officers called off the chase for safety reasons.
In February 2012, Rasmussen led police on a high-speed chase that ended after an officer fired two shots at close range into the spinning rear tire of the man's wrecked SUV stuck in wet grass near the Medford airport.
— Ryan Pfeil