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Man who crashed car then fled found, arrested

The alleged driver of a car that was found totaled and abandoned near the Medford airport last week has been arrested.

Medford police reported Mauricio Christian Gutierrez, 21, was arrested Saturday after police tracked him down as the registered owner of the car. He remains in the Jackson County Jail today without bail on a probation violation, jail records show.

Police suspect Gutierrez crashed his 1996 Honda Accord into a concrete pillar on Biddle Road where it passes beneath the Highway 62 overpass at about 2 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22. The impact caused the vehicle's airbags to deploy and totaled the car. Witnesses reported seeing a man flee from the scene, leaving the car behind.