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Resident tackles fleeing suspect

A man accused of committing a string of crimes is in jail after he allegedly tried to elude police by running through a house — but was tackled by a resident in the living room.

It's the second time this year that a Jackson County resident has helped police apprehend Jordan Richard Rock, 23, of the 7400 block of Highway 227 outside Trail. In March, a marijuana grower used a trail camera to capture images of Rock during an alleged theft of pot.

This time around, Rock is being kept in the Jackson County Jail on $550,000 bail. There is also a stipulation that he not be released from jail due to overcrowding.

In the latest case, a Jackson County sheriff's deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop on a white Ford Escort driven by Rock July 21, but he allegedly sped away through the town of Gold Hill, reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph and running through multiple stop signs, according to an affidavit.

During the pursuit, the deputy was able to nudge a back corner of the car in what officers call a pursuit intervention technique maneuver. PIT maneuvers cause the nudged vehicle to abruptly spin sideways, forcing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and stop.

The maneuver worked on the Ford Escort, but Rock allegedly got out of the car and ran, with the deputy chasing him and yelling at him to stop. Rock allegedly ran down an alley, jumped over a fence into the backyard of a home, opened the screen door and tried to run through the house, the affidavit said.

A resident was in his living room at the time and tackled Rock, bringing him to the floor. The deputy intervened almost immediately and took Rock into custody, the affidavit said.

Rock is now jailed on charges of failing to appear in court for numerous past heroin possession, burglary, theft, criminal mischief and reckless driving cases, jail records show.

In one of those previous cases, he is accused of breaking into a Shady Cove home March 16 and stealing a garbage bag filled with $9,000 worth of marijuana. Rock allegedly hid the bag on the property for retrieval later. The homeowner — a marijuana grower — and his girlfriend searched the property and she found the bag hidden in a draw under branches. The homeowner replaced the pot-filled bag with a trash bag full of leaves and set up a trail camera to monitor the location. 

The camera allegedly captured images of Rock and an accomplice returning to the site with headlamps during the night.

Rock was arrested April 29 in connection with the marijuana theft, but was released from jail on his own recognizance in early May, an affidavit and court records show.

He faces new charges for allegedly failing to appear in court and trying to flee from the deputy July 21 when he was out of jail.

Rock entered not guilty pleas Thursday to charges of attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, third-degree escape and first-degree burglary for allegedly entering the Gold Hill home with the intent to commit the crime of escape, according to court documents.

He has a pre-trial conference hearing scheduled for Aug. 7.

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office has filed a notice that it intends to seek a stiffer sentence for Rock. The notice alleges he is a repeat property crime offender, has targeted a vulnerable victim, is persistently involved in the court system, disregards laws, is unable to be deterred from committing new criminal activity and committed the new offenses to avoid prosecution or punishment for a previous offense.

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

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