A Medford sex offender is wanted after he fled his home during a Department of Human Services visit and led police on a high-speed chase.
Medford police are still searching for a sex offender who fled his home during a Department of Human Services visit and led police on a high-speed chase.
DHS workers and Medford police on Tuesday were performing a home check to see if Edward Allen Clement, 47, was obeying the conditions imposed upon him after a 1998 attempted first-degree rape conviction.
As they knocked on the door of Clement's house in the 700 block of Wabash Avenue, Clement fled through a back door, jumped a fence and engaged in a brief struggle with police.
He eventually broke away from the officers and escaped into his BMW and sped away, Medford police Lt Bob Hansen said.
Medford officers gave chase in their patrol cars until speeds made it unsafe to continue, Hansen said.
"We decided it was not worth the risk to continue chasing (Clement) because of the speed and traffic on the road," Hansen said. "We often look at the other traffic on the roadway and decide if it is worth the danger to engage in a car chase. He was driving extremely dangerously during this pursuit."
Jackson County sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police soon spotted Clement outside the city. They chased Clement's BMW at high speeds along Table Rock Road. They lost sight of him the area of High Banks and Kirtland roads, north of Central Point, Hansen said.
Clement is wanted for felony eluding police in a vehicle, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another. Other charges could be pending.
"We don't know why he ran from police and DHS at his home," Hansen said.
Clement stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair that is graying.
His car is a silver BMW 328 two-door coupe. It has Oregon license plate 227 EJK.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Clement or his vehicle is asked to contact the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2200 .
— Chris Conrad