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Central Point police arrest man in alleged September vehicle assault

Police arrested a Central Point man Tuesday on charges he struck a man with his car and critically injured him in September.

According to the Central Point Police Department, detectives arrested 60-year-old Michael Duane Millspaugh following an investigation into a Sept. 15 incident that left 32-year-old Zachary Ward critically injured.

Central Point police say Ward thought he was entering the home of his friends when he walked into Millspaugh's home in the 400 block of South First Street early that morning. Dispatchers took a report of a trespass in progress at 6:30 a.m.

Millspaugh became angry and confronted Ward, who left the house on foot, the news release said. Millspaugh allegedly got in his pickup and followed Ward, ultimately striking him with the vehicle near the intersection of an alley and Cedar Street between First Street and Highway 99, next to the Grange Co-op.

The Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team was called to investigate the scene and Ward was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

According to the Jackson County Jail inmate log, Millspaugh — who has prior convictions in Jackson County for harassment and telephonic harassment — is being held on more than $2 million bail on two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of reckless driving. Formal charges had yet to be filed in Jackson County Circuit Court as of Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Duane Millspaugh