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Fleeing Ford fells Central Point fences

A man already facing a laundry list of pending criminal charges racked up another felony charge when he allegedly drove his pickup through multiple Central Point residential backyards while trying to elude police last week.

Curtis James Carr, 30, of Central Point, is suspected of causing damage estimated in the thousands of dollars to fences in and around the 2000 block of Gibbon Road while fleeing a Jackson County sheriff's deputy mid-morning Aug. 25.

At about 10:30 a.m. that day, a sheriff's deputy had been investigating a report of trespassing near the Bear Creek Greenway when the deputy spotted Carr driving towards him in a tan Ford Ranger pickup onto an easement into a transient camp, according to court documents filed by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in the case. When Carr spotted the deputy, he pulled the truck in reverse, turned around and fled.

Carr drove at "a high rate of speed, given the off road terrain and through multiple private properties in the area," court documents state. The sheriff's office currently knows of two victims, one who estimated damage to his fence to be a few hundred dollars, while another estimates fence damage to be "in the thousands of dollars."

Sheriff's deputies arrested Carr early Thursday afternoon, where he allegedly admitted he fled because he had multiple warrants for his arrest. Court and Jackson County Jail records show multiple misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court on previous charges of possessing methamphetamine, possessing heroin, failing to register as a sex offender on his birthday, failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, fourth-degree assault, driving while suspended, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless endangering and attempting to elude police on foot. As of Friday morning, his bail totals $90,000, Jackson County Jail records show.

Carr was set to be arraigned this afternoon on a felony charge of first-degree criminal mischief, along with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving while suspended and a separate misdemeanor charge of third-degree criminal mischief. 

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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