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36-mile pursuit ends with flames, arrest

It took a day’s worth of phone calls, a 36-mile pursuit and a vehicle bursting into flames for law enforcement to bring a reckless driver into custody Tuesday evening.

Shadow Lee Newman, a 28-year-old man from Gladstone, is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

“He wasn’t giving us any reason to believe he was going to stop being a danger to the public unless we were able to stop him,” said Jackson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney.

Law enforcement received calls about Newman hours before a dramatic pursuit on Highway 62 that ended with his Honda Civic bursting into flames and a pursuit intervention technique that stopped his flight near mile marker 55 north of Prospect.

Citizens had reported Newman driving recklessly in two different areas of west Medford, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office, and Oregon State Police took a call reporting Newman speeding and driving recklessly on Interstate 5 in Medford.

At 5:31 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle driving north on Highway 62 south of Shady Cove, the release says. After refusing to pull over, Newman drove north.

According to the release, Newman stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway in Shady Cove and shouted at the deputy before continuing. He did the same thing several miles up the highway.

Newman refused repeated commands to stop and reached speeds of 90 mph, police said. Just past Prospect, his Honda began smoking and caught fire, the release said.

Denney said she didn’t know why Newman’s vehicle burst into flames.

“It doesn’t look like it was in very good shape from the photos,” she said.

When Newman slowed down, the deputy was able to execute a PIT maneuver, which brought Newman’s vehicle to a stop.

Newman resisted arrest and police used a Taser to subdue him, the release said. He was transported to the jail without further incident.

Sheriff’s office deputies were assisted by Eagle Point police and ranger and fire personnel from Crater Lake National Park, according to the release.

Contributed PhotoShadow Lee Newman, a 28-year-old man from Gladstone, is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.