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Medford biker faces manslaughter charges in 2016 crash

A Medford motorcyclist is facing manslaughter charges for a May 29, 2016, crash in which his bike and the motorcycle of another rider both left Interstate 5 on a curve and crashed.

Joshua Joseph Pose, 29, of the 3300 block of South Pacific Highway, faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and criminally negligent homicide.

Gold Hill resident John J. Soule was pronounced dead at the scene, while Pose was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center with injuries.

Oregon State Police troopers and other emergency responders arrived at the crash site at about 11 p.m. They found two Harley-Davidson motorcycles had gone off I-5 as they entered a curve near milepost 44 south of Rogue River. Alcohol and speed were believed to be contributing factors in the crash, OSP said at the time.

Pose also faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon for a Feb. 6, 2016, incident.

On that day, a Jackson County sheriff's deputy allegedly tried to stop Pose, who was driving his motorcycle in Gold Hill. Pose allegedly kept driving until he stopped at one of the Gold Nugget waysides north of Gold Hill, where he put his hands in the air but refused to answer questions or comply with the deputy's orders, according to an affidavit.

"I could smell a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him," the deputy wrote.

Pose was eventually taken into custody, and brass knuckles were allegedly found in his possession. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, the affidavit said.

Pose posted $1,300 to get out of jail in February 2016, but later forfeited the money after failing to appear in court.

The charges for the older Gold Hill DUII case were later folded into a new indictment for the I-5 crash case.

Pose was scheduled to be arraigned on all the charges for the two cases Friday, but he failed to appear in court, according to court records.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, with an added condition that he not be released from jail due to overcrowding if he is taken into custody again. A new bail figure has not yet been set, court records show.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.