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Suspect caught after fleeing South Medford crash wreckage

Thanks to an astute Facebook follower, a man who allegedly caused a crash on the south Medford off-ramp from Interstate 5 and then fled from his SUV on foot has been captured.

Medford police have yet to name the suspect who crashed into at least one vehicle just after noon Tuesday, but say he was captured on the Bear Creek Greenway within 30 minutes of a photo being posted on the agency’s popular Facebook page.

Prior to the crash, the man had fled an Oregon State Police trooper at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour in a newer gray Nissan Murano SUV with California plates, according to Medford police and wreckage photos posted on the Jackson County Scanner Facebook group.

The wreckage shows that airbags deployed on the SUV, and that the vehicle apparently hopped over a grassy divider and into another lane of travel. Driver and passenger doors were open, though it’s unclear how many suspects were involved.

Medford police told KTVL that Oregon State Police is handling the crash investigation, but a message to Oregon State Police was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Medford police posted a photo of the man at 2:43 p.m. after he was captured on surveillance video at the Rogue Valley Transportation District transfer station in downtown Medford. There the suspect, who apparently suffered significant facial injuries, apparently changed his clothes.

A witness reported spotting the man within half an hour. He was arrested by 3:17 p.m. in the Medford portion of the Greenway.

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