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Afternoon chase through Medford nets fugitive

A fugitive with a history of running from police led Jackson County sheriff's deputies on a car and foot chase on Medford's west side Wednesday afternoon.

Most of the deputies working day shift and those coming on duty for swing shift joined in the pursuit, which started about 3:20 p.m. ' just as shifts were changing ' said sheriff's department Sgt. Terry Larson.

The fugitive, Peter Christopher Olivares, 38, no address listed, was arrested on two warrants charging him with probation violation for failure to register as a sex offender and a warrant charging him with attempting to elude police in a vehicle.

The chase also netted him charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle and on foot, reckless driving, and a hit and run that caused property damage.

Larson said Olivares was wanted on the warrants and deputies had a description of him and his vehicle. When a deputy tried to stop Olivares, he fled, speeding down numerous streets along the western edge of downtown, near the sheriff's office. He hit one parked car, but Larson didn't have information on the damage caused.

When Olivares stopped and ran into a house in the 1200 block of West Main Street, Medford police joined in and helped set up a perimeter around the house. Olivares realized he was trapped and surrendered for arrest, Larson said.

Larson said Oregon State Police troopers had tried to arrest Olivares previously, but he dodged them, leading to the warrant charging him with eluding. Eluding police in a vehicle is a felony. Fleeing on foot is a misdemeanor, Larson said.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies stand next to a vehicle that led a chase through west Medford Wednesday afternoon. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli