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Deputies arrest man after motorcycle chase ends in crash

An Eagle Point man allegedly fleeing from a Jackson County sheriff's deputy crashed his motorcycle and was later bitten by the department's dog, police said.

Richard Myers, 31, was cited on charges of attempting to elude in a vehicle, attempting to elude on foot and reckless driving. He was also driving with a suspended driver's license during the Wednesday night chase and is on probation, the sheriff's department reported in a news release today.

A deputy traveling west on Beebe Road in Central Point spotted a speeding black 2005 Yamaha motorcycle at about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday. The motorcycle rounded the corner of Beebe Road and began traveling north on Gebhard Road.

The deputy gave chase and tried to catch up, but the motorcyclist, later identified as Meyers, blew through several stop signs as he sped away, the news release said. The pursuing deputy tried to pull the vehicle over at the corner of Gibbon and Truax roads in Central Point. Myers allegedly ignored the stop attempt and turned down the gravel driveway of a home in the 2100 block of Gibbon Road, heading toward a large field. While driving on the driveway, Myers lost control of the motorcycle and crashed, police said. He then got up and ran into the field.

Authorities called in a Jackson County K-9 team to track Myers. The dog Darco found Myers about 150 yards into the field and bit him before deputies could take him into custody. The bite was described as "minor" in the news release.

Authorities arrested Myers and had him transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, due to the bite and injuries he sustained during the crash. He was cited and released at the hospital.

Court records show Myers has past convictions of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and DUII.

— Ryan Pfeil