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A Gladstone man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase for more than 30 miles that ended when his car caught fire near Prospect now faces new charges alleging he tried to escape from the Jackson County Jail through the ceiling.

Shadow Lee Newman, 28, faces charges of criminal mischief and assault alleging he caused extensive damage to a suspended ceiling, tiles, electrical lines and other equipment following a failed escape attempt Wednesday, and that he kicked a corrections deputy, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say that while Newman was detained in a holding cell, he found a way into a locked utility closet, then accessed the ceiling.

“Newman worked his way toward the jail lobby, almost falling through the ceiling multiple times,” a court document says.

Corrections deputies ultimately pulled the inmate from the ceiling, the document says, but Newman allegedly struggled with deputies and kicked one officer in the knee.

Messages to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Jail were not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Newman made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon on the new charges of first-degree criminal mischief, assault on a public safety officer, attempted second-degree escape, second-degree criminal mischief and harassment.

Newman was arrested on charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle and recklessly endangering another person following a Tuesday police chase on Highway 62 in which a red Honda Civic hatchback reached speeds in excess of 90 mph and traveled more than 36 miles before the car caught fire and police disabled the vehicle north of Prospect using a Pursuit Intervention Technique, also known as a PIT maneuver.

Newman remained held Friday evening in the Jackson County Jail on $35,000 bail.

Newman’s escape attempt was the second to occur in Southern Oregon in the span of a week, and both involved ceilings.

In Grants Pass, Josephine County Jail inmate Justin Allen Denney, 26, allegedly made a rooftop jailbreak last Saturday after gaining access to the jail’s ventilation system. He reached the roof and jumped down, according to court documents, and was captured shortly after in a nearby Walmart parking lot.

Josephine County Circuit Court records show that Denney faces new charges from the escape, alleging that after he jumped off the roof, he tried to pull a woman from her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

Denney is set to appear in court April 1 on charges of second-degree escape, third-degree robbery and a misdemeanor charge of attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Denney was originally arrested for allegedly breaking into the sheriff’s impound lot Jan. 24 in Grants Pass, where he allegedly cut a lock on a fence and made off with 15 pounds of marijuana from the trunk of an impounded car, according to court documents filed in that case and an earlier news report.

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

Shadow Lee Newman is accused of trying to escape from the Jackson County Jail.