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Washington murder suspect captured in Josephine County after freeway chase

A man wanted by the FBI on homicide charges in Washington state is behind bars in the Josephine County Jail.

Murray Maurice Edwards, 48, was arrested Monday afternoon following a short freeway pursuit near Grants Pass, according to an Oregon State Police press release issued Tuesday morning.

At about noon Monday, OSP troopers and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Edwards roughly five miles north of Grants Pass at the Manzanita Rest Area on southbound Interstate 5. He was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Pierce County, Washington, charging him with Murder 1.

When approached, police say, Edwards fled south in a 1999 GMC Suburban “at a high rate of speed.”

An OSP trooper deployed spike strips in an effort to stop the speeding SUV. The GMC, however, “swerved aggressively.”

Although the truck missed the spike strips, the speed and evasive maneuver reportedly caused the Suburban to lose control and crash into a concrete center divider.

“Edwards was taken into custody without further incident,” the OSP release stated.

AMR paramedics transported Edwards to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass for a medical evaluation after the crash.

Once Edwards was medically cleared, FBI agents interviewed Edwards on the Pierce County homicide warrant.

As of late Tuesday morning, Edwards was held in the Josephine County Jail without bail on the murder charge.

Local charges linked to the alleged pursuit will be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.