A Central Point man accused of leading police on a car chase through Medford last week already was awaiting trial for his alleged role in a drive-by shooting late last year. And he has not had his day in court on drug charges in yet another case.
Cody Ledezma, 24, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of oxycodone, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.
Early on April 11, an Oregon State police trooper attempted to stop a car driven by Ledezma on Highway 99 at its intersection with Highway 62.
Ledezma allegedly sped away from the trooper and travelled into Medford.
Medford police heard about the chase and placed themselves in Ledezma's route. They threw down spike strips as he cruised by East McAndrews Road and Royal Avenue.
With his car's tires flattened, Ledezma attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was soon captured.
It was just Ledezma's latest brush with local police, according to Medford Lt. Mike Budreau.
"We've had several dealings with Mr. Ledezma over the years," Budreau said. "In this past year alone, we've had contact with him several times."
Ledezma has been named as the second suspect inside wa red BMW that is tied to a drive-by shooting in the 6000 block of Truax Road in Central Point.
The shooting occurred in November, with witnesses saying a gunshot came from within the car as it rolled by a house.
Investigators believe Ledezma was behind the wheel and his passenger, Andrew Caucutt, 24, fired the round out of the passenger side window.
In that case, Ledezma was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. His trial is scheduled for July.
Court records show Ledezma has additional pending cases for methamphetamine and heroin possession.
Budreau said it's not uncommon for career criminals to commit crimes while waiting trial for other cases.
"It can take months or even years for a case to appear in court," Budreau said. "Meanwhile, these suspects will continue their criminal activity before they see the courtroom."
Ledezma remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.
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