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Medford man charged in drunken drive-by shootings

A man is in the Jackson County Jail on accusations he fired multiple shots while driving his BMW in Medford Monday night and Tuesday morning — and he allegedly recorded himself doing it with his cellphone video camera.

Isiah Thomas Higuera, 18, faces numerous charges including attempted assault and criminal mischief, according to documents filed Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. One of the shots was in the direction of a bicyclist, and two rounds damaged vehicles, police said.

At about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, a 55-year-old man reported that a person in a light-colored BMW fired a single round at him while he was on a bike near Newtown Street and Dakota Avenue, according to court documents.

Less than 10 minutes later, a Medford police officer found Higuera standing beside his silver BMW at a Minute Market parking lot in the 400 block of South Oakdale Avenue. Police said Higuera had a Walther P22 handgun in his rear pants pocket when they contacted him, and the officer observed multiple .22-caliber shell casings and a single live .22 caliber round on the car’s front passenger seat. A police search of the car yielded six spent casings and four live rounds.

Higuera allegedly told police he purchased the gun over the weekend, and that he was under the influence of alcohol and the prescription anxiety medication Xanax that night, and “did not clearly remember what happened.”

“He recalled shooting in the direction of a male on a bicycle to scare him, and shooting at road signs around Medford,” police said in court documents. “He told me he was the only one in his vehicle, and he was the only one shooting his pistol.”

Higuera allegedly remembered firing the gun in the 6900 block of Blackwell Road Monday night, and provided police with video from his cellphone that reportedly showed him shooting a gun from a moving vehicle. The video was time-stamped just after 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Two people reported their vehicles had been damaged by gunshots in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of West 10th Street, according to court documents.

Police said the rounds they recovered from a Subaru Outback and a Chevrolet pickup matched Higuera’s gun. The shooting scenes were less than two blocks from Higuera’s residence in the 1100 block of West Ninth Street.

Higuera made his initial court appearance Wednesday on felony charges that included attempted first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of menacing and recklessly endangering another person.

Higuera remained held in jail Wednesday afternoon on $55,000 bail.

Court records show no prior criminal history for Higuera.

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