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  • Fleeing Central Point man hit by car, bit by dog, jailed

  • A Central Point man who allegedly picked up a gun and pointed it at a Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputy during the middle of a pursuit Thursday was eventually taken into custody.
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  • A Central Point man who allegedly picked up a gun and pointed it at a Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputy during the middle of a pursuit Thursday was eventually taken into custody.
    Frank Joseph Hernandez, 21, was among three people arrested in the incident, according to an Oregon State Police news release. The names of the other two taken into custody were not released immediately by OSP.
    During the pursuit, Hernandez was sideswiped by the sheriff's department vehicle, then chased down and bitten by a police dog in a White City field, authorities said.
    OSP detectives are investigating the incident, which began at about noon Thursday, when deputies got a report that a wanted person was inside a car at the Chevron at 6779 Crater Lake Highway.
    Two deputies pulled up and saw the car with two people inside it, but Hernandez jumped out of the back seat and started running, OSP reported.
    Hernandez dropped two guns as he ran from the vehicle, the release said, picking up the second and pointing it at a sheriff's department vehicle as it drove toward him.
    As Hernandez turned to run again, the deputy sideswiped Hernandez with his vehicle, knocking him to the ground, the release said.
    Hernandez got up and began to run across a field, but a police dog was sicked on him and bit his hand before he was arrested by a deputy who was close behind.
    A deputy drove Hernandez to the hospital to receive treatment for the dog bite on his hand, the release said.
    Hernandez is being lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, menacing, unlawful use of a firearm, interfering with a police officer, altering or obliterating a serial number on a firearm and two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, the release said.
    Deputies arrested two other people associated with the vehicle, but didn't provide their names, OSP reported.
    State police were called into investigate the incident at the request of the sheriff's department, the release said. OSP will forward the investigation to Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.
    Hernandez has a prior conviction of fourth-degree felony assault stemming from a 2012 case in Jackson County Circuit Court, Oregon Judicial Department records show.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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