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  • Police arrest two in hit-and-run linked to apparent drug deal

  • Medford police say a hit-and-run in the parking lot of the north Medford Fred Meyer store appears to have been the result of an altercation during a drug deal.
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  • Medford police say a hit-and-run in the parking lot of the north Medford Fred Meyer store appears to have been the result of an altercation during a drug deal.
    Acting on a tip this morning, investigators found the 1987 Toyota 4Runner involved in the incident. They interviewed its 19-year-old owner, Andrew Daniel Arzner, of the 1900 block of Orchard Home Drive, Medford, and a 19-year-old woman who was in the vehicle with him Monday night, Jerica Whittney Stinson, no address listed.
    Police said Brittney Debler, 20, who is now hospitalized in critical condition, agreed to meet Arzner and Stinson for an illegal drug transaction at about 7:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 2424 Crater Lake Highway.
    Debler and Stinson were exchanging money through the 4Runner's passenger side window, police said. As Stinson took the money, Arzner tried to drive away, police said in a news release this afternoon.
    Debler held onto the door as Arzner swerved erratically in an attempt to shake her off the vehicle and Stinson tried to get her to release her grip, police reported.
    Ultimately, Debler fell from the vehicle and was run over by the rear wheel, police said. The two in the vehicle fled, they said.
    Police arrested Arzner on charges of first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and an injury hit and run. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $3.01 million bail.
    Stinson was arrested on first- and second-degree robbery charges and lodged in jail on $2 million bail.
    Correction: Brittney Debler's name and age have been corrected throughout in this version
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