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Wanted man arrested after vehicle chase

A Medford man wanted by the U.S. marshals for allegedly violating his federal probation was lodged in the Jackson County Jail Tuesday after leading police on a vehicle chase, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Andrew James Caucutt, 31, was lodged without bail on a federal charge, along with a long list of charges stemming from the police chase that ended with his capture, jail records show.

The chase began at 12:08 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a Ford F-350 for “multiple traffic violations” in White City, a sheriff’s department news release said.

Caucutt, the sole occupant of the truck, reportedly fled south on Highway 62 and drove toward Corey Road. He turned onto McLoughlin Drive and drove through the East Vilas Road intersection without stopping before crashing into a tree in an orchard. Caucutt was able to continue driving, however. He fled the crash scene and forced a sheriff’s deputy to drive into a ditch to avoid a collision.

Police continued pursuit for another 3.5 miles, aided by a Central Point police officer who threw down spike strips at the intersection of Table Rock and East Vilas roads, popping three of the pickup’s tires. When the disabled pickup stopped at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Orr Drive, Caucutt tried to flee on foot, police said, but was caught and arrested nearby.

Caucutt made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Tuesday afternoon on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police in a vehicle and on foot, second-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving.

Court records show Caucutt was also arrested on federal warrants charging him with abandoning a Honda Civic at a campsite in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and for violating terms of his probation on a 2014 conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm that originated with a bizarre shoplifting investigation in March 2013 at Black Bird Shopping Center in Medford that led police to find a loaded Springfield semi-automatic pistol in Caucutt’s home, according to court documents.

That case started March 6, 2013, when an unnamed individual told employees at the store that Caucutt was coercing him to steal a gun holster and .40-caliber ammunition, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. The individual asked employees to have him arrested for shoplifting so Caucutt wouldn’t be mad at him, and Medford police ultimately arrested Caucutt, who was loitering in the parking lot outside Black Bird.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show Caucutt was convicted in 2014 of supplying contraband when he was an inmate on the federal charge. Caucutt arranged to have heroin smuggled into the jail by a medical technician who worked as a jail contractor, court records show.

Caucutt’s criminal history, which goes back to 2009, also includes unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm for his involvement in a Nov. 27, 2012, drive-by shooting in the 6400 block of Truax Road of Central Point.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat. Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

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Andrew Caucutt Jr. allegedly fled police in this lifted Ford F-350 before spike strips took out three of his tires, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. JCSO photo.