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High-speed chase results in arrest, small grass fire

One person was arrested, one person is being sought by police, and a small grass fire ignited when a car that was running from police crashed in Ashland early Thursday morning.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle at about 4:20 a.m. on Highway 62 in White City, but the driver fled onto Interstate 5 south, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office.

Police ended the pursuit due to public safety concerns, and according to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was passing vehicles on the right shoulder and driving at speeds exceeding 110 mph.

The suspect vehicle’s location was relayed to deputies as well as Medford and Phoenix police, who were waiting to the south.

Police placed spike strips on the interstate near Exit 21. The vehicle was disabled but continued to travel, albeit more slowly. The pursuit was reengaged with Ashland police assisting.

The suspect vehicle crashed soon after passing exit 19 in Ashland and two suspects fled on foot.

The crash ignited a small grass fire that was quickly extinguished by law enforcement. A sheriff’s police dog found one of the suspects, who was identified only as a woman.

The other suspect, a male, remained at large. Police were attempting to find him. Neither of the suspects’ identities were available, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A backpack was found with suspicious items, so the Oregon State Police bomb squad was called to the scene. They determined the suspicious items were “chemically inactive.”

The case remains under investigation.