Suspected drug dealer caught near Eagle Point after multiple chases
A multi-agency team of officers apprehended a suspected drug dealer who had fled from police twice in recent days.
Bradley Jay Poff, 38, was arrested Wednesday afternoon outside Eagle Point. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail on warrants charging him with parole violation and failure to appear to face a charge of driving with a suspended license.
Authorities are still looking for a woman who fled with Poff on Wednesday and whom police identified as Brittney Nicole Jenkins, 27.
Medford police reported the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team had been investigating alleged methamphetamine trafficking by Poff for the past two months. Investigators determined that Poff, who has a criminal record in Jackson County dating back to 1995 when he turned 18, was traveling regularly with several firearms and threatening to harm people in his circle of associates. MADGE reported receiving information that Poff had bragged that he wasn't going back to prison and would shoot it out with police.
Drug investigators spotted and pursued Poff in Sams Valley Friday, but he crashed his vehicle and ran into the woods with a gun, ignoring commands from officers, Medford police said in a news release today. Officers couldn't find him, but got a warrant to search the crashed car and found six firearms, ammunition and "a dealer quantity of methamphetamine," a news release said.
The continuing investigation led detectives to a house in the 3000 block of Highway 234, the release said. As officers circled the home, Poff and Jenkins ran from the house and raced away in a Chevy pickup truck, again eluding police.
Poff drove through a metal gate on a private driveway off Richards Way near Highway 62 just outside Eagle Point, police reported. Poff and Jenkins ran from the truck and tried to get into a house, but the resident was at home and confronted the pair, sending them running again, the news release said.
With tips from that witness, the work of a police dog, and help from the Medford SWAT team and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, officers found Poff, his legs bloodied from his flight through the brush, police said. He was arrested without further incident. A Mercy Flights ambulance responded to treat the scrapes on Poff’s legs so he could be jailed on warrants. Officials said they expect to add more charges later.
Police continue to look for Jenkins, who is wanted on warrants charging her with failing to appear on past drug charges. She also likely will face additional charges related to her involvement with Poff today.