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Police say man almost ran over two officers

A transient man is facing attempted second-degree assault charges after he allegedly almost ran over two Central Point police officers.

James Harley David, 29, faces two counts of attempted second-degree assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless driving.

David, who was released from the Jackson County Jail on his own recognizance, was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday but failed to appear for his court date.

According to an affidavit, a police officer tried to stop a gray Jeep Cherokee for expired registration Sept. 2 near the intersection of Bursell Road and Beall Lane in Central Point, but the vehicle did not pull over.

The Jeep continued on Beall Lane and then Merriman Road at a high rate of speed. A female appeared to be driving, but she appeared to switch seats with a male while being followed by police, the affidavit said.

Using a left-turn lane, the Jeep passed another vehicle, and the following police officer slowed down and began a "slack pursuit" as the Jeep approached the intersection of Merriman Road and Table Rock Road. The Jeep continued on Table Rock Road, then turned onto Airport Road, after which the officer lost sight of the Jeep, the affidavit said.

A short time later, the officer found the Jeep parked behind a business on O'Hare Parkway. The officer tried to stop the driver there, but the driver allegedly pulled out quickly, almost striking two police officers, the affidavit said.

The Jeep later crashed into a tree, and the two occupants were taken into custody by Medford police, the affidavit said.

The Jeep had been reported stolen, according to police.

Co-defendant Lacie West, 20, of the 800 block of Ellendale Drive in Medford, faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless driving. West was taken to jail and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Oct. 3, court records show.

Court records show no previous convictions in Jackson County for West.

David's past felony convictions include reckless driving in 2006; first-degree theft in 2009; first- and second-degree theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and methamphetamine possession in 2012; methamphetamine possession in 2014; and first-degree theft in 2015, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

— Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.