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Mail Tribune 100

June 27, 1917


There was an exciting scene and scramble early last evening on the Pacific highway at the top of the Siskiyous when R. C. Carter, special liquor investigator for County Prosecutor Roberts, and W. S. Carpenter, special policeman and bone dry law investigator for Ashland, who is stationed on the highway, placed five Pendleton men under arrest for bringing liquor into the state from California.

The Pendleton men who are rough riders in Ashland for the Round-up, were in the automobile of C. V. Beeler of recent boot-legging fame, and when the two officers shouted to the car to stop and started for it, began to break to pieces 10 bottles of whisky. All but one bottle had been discovered when Porter and Carpenter reached the automobile and Porter, who is ex-chief of police of Ashland, managed to seize the last bottle from the men.

This took place at the rock crusher at the top of the mountain, about six miles this side of the California line.

Holding the bottle as evidence the officers informed the Pendleton men and Beeler that they were under arrest, and Porter arranged that they were to drive on to Medford in their car and he and Carpenter would follow directly behind them in Porter's car.

Porter and Carpenter had just turned around to get into their car when three of the prisoners jumped out and escaped into the woods, but the officers managed to hold the two remaining prisoners and fasten handcuffs on them. With their prisoners they drove into Ashland and there got into communication with County Prosecutor Roberts.

On account of the absence of Justice of the Peace Taylor of Medford in Portland, and because of the fact that the Ashland has no jurisdiction outside of the city of Ashland, Mr. Roberts swore out the complaint against the prisoners before Justice of the Peace Dox of Jacksonville.

After reviewing the testimony Justice Dox professed to believe that the bottle of whisky in evidence was the property of the three escaped men, and dismissed the charge against the prisoners.