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Medford man helps police catch fleeing suspect

A Medford resident whose mailbox had just been taken out by a car driven by a man fleeing from police Monday helped nab the suspect by slowing his escape.

The chase after 24-year-old Angel Jacob Mallory started at about 6:45 p.m. near Columbus Avenue and Second Street when he ran a stop sign nearby in his black Ford Focus, said Lt. Mike Budreau. Traveling southbound on Columbus, Mallory sped up when he saw police were in pursuit and started making multiple lane changes without a turn signal, Budreau said.

Mallory pulled a U-turn at Columbus and Main Street, then started traveling north back up Columbus, Budreau said. Mallory then crashed his car into a yard near the Humphrey Street intersection, taking out a mailbox and tearing up some landscaping during the crash, Budreau said.

"As the officer pulled up and was getting out of his car, he saw (Mallory) fleeing from the vehicle," Budreau said.

That's when the homeowner came outside and saw Mallory fleeing from the scene. Budreau said the homeowner grabbed onto Mallory to try and stop him, but Mallory stripped his shirt off and ran.

"By that time, the officer had already closed the distance. It was just a short foot pursuit," Budreau said.

On Tuesday, Mallory remained in the Jackson County Jail with no bail on a parole violation. Additional charges included attempt to elude — on foot and in a vehicle — reckless driving, hit and run with property damage, interfering with a police officer, and driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to jail records.

Mallory was convicted of attempt to elude in 2013, according to court records. Additional felony convictions include first-degree theft, possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine.

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

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