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Two arrested after car chase involving stolen vehicle

Two Jackson County men were arrested after fleeing from police in a stolen car in a chase that tore through northwest Medford Wednesday evening.

(Clarification: See below)

Tyler Scott McCauley, 21, of Central Point, was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, attempting to elude police on foot and reckless driving. He was booked in the Jackson County Jail, but is no longer listed there, jail records show.

James Eugene Jackson, 42, no address given, was arrested on a parole violation stemming from a past unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He is held in jail without bail.

Medford police reported the pursuit began at about 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Howard and Berrydale avenues, just off Highway 99. At the intersection, a police officer saw a silver 2005 Suzuki Vitara, which had been reported stolen on May 4 from an apartment complex in the 700 block of Crater Lake Avenue.

The officer began to follow the car, but it sped away on neighborhood streets. Police lost sight of the vehicle at Mason Way and Sage Road, but was spotted again driving east on Mason Way.

Police deployed spike strips, which deflated the two passenger side tires and forced the car to come to a stop at the Mason-Sage intersection. McCauley, Jackson and an unidentified female bolted from the vehicle and ran off in different directions. Jackson was caught in the Pet Country parking lot and McCauley was apprehended in the parking lot of Advantage Tire.

The female has still not been apprehended but her identity is known to police. Police have declined to release her name, saying she has not yet been charged and may be treated as a witness.

Court records show Jackson has numerous felony convictions on drug, theft and robbery charges stretching back to 1989.

McCauley has open theft and drug cases, but he has pleaded not guilty in both cases, court records show.

— Ryan Pfeil

Clarification: This sentence has been corrected. The original version said both men are in jail, but one has since been released.