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Man jailed for allegedly injuring two police officers, attempted car break-in

An 18-year-old man is in the Jackson County Jail after he allegedly tried to break into a parked car with two women inside eating a late-night Taco Bell meal, then fought with and injured two police officers.

Zachary Ivan Hicks, 18, is held in the jail on charges of assaulting a public safety officer, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to break into a motor vehicle, harassment, and interfering with a police officer. His bail is set at $95,000, jail records show.

"It was a pretty violent struggle," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said of the fight that resulted in injuries to the arms of a Medford officer and an Oregon State Police trooper.

Budreau said the incident began shortly before 2 a.m. at the Taco Bell near Crater Lake Highway and Poplar Drive. Police say two women were eating in their car with the doors locked when Hicks walked up and tried to get in the car for an unknown reason. The women called 911, and Hicks fled. A responding officer found him near the Ross Dress for Less parking lot across the street.

"He looked at the officer for about five seconds and took off running," Budreau said.

Police ran after Hicks and chased him behind the north Medford Fred Meyer. Hicks tried to dive under a fence when the officer caught up and grabbed his sweatshirt. Hicks punched the officer several times, the blows landing on the officer's arms, which were up in a defensive stance, Budreau said. Hicks then charged. Police tried to use a stun gun, but were unsuccessful. The responding OSP trooper also received several blows to the arm.

Law enforcement finally wrestled Hicks into handcuffs when a third police officer, also from MPD, arrived on scene. Budreau said Hicks would not identify himself and that police determined his identity through fingerprinting. He is believed to be from Portland and new to the area.

It is not known if he was under the influence of any substances during the alleged break-in or fight.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Man jailed for allegedly injuring two police officers, attempted car break-in