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Redwood Highway pursuit ends in crash and arrest

A man wanted on robbery and assault charges in Josephine County is in jail following a vehicle chase on Redwood Highway that ended with him crashing his motorcycle, according to a news release.

The chase began at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday when a Josephine County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a motorcycle driven by Tristan Anthony Frank-Vidales, 37, on Redwood Highway near milepost 12. Frank-Vidales reportedly sped off, traveling south on the highway until the Slate Creek Road intersection, where the motorcycle made a U-turn and began traveling north. After about 2 miles, Frank-Vidales made another U-turn and began traveling south again, police said.

During the chase police determined the motorcycle had been reported stolen from Kerby, and that Frank-Vidales had a warrant out for his arrest on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a firearm.

The chase continued south into Selma, where the motorcycle turned east onto Lakeshore Drive and crashed in the 1900 block. Frank-Vidales refused medical treatment at the scene and was arrested.

Police said he was in unlawful possession of a firearm and 20 grams of methamphetamine. He remains in the Josephine County Jail on the warrant charges, and on additional charges of attempt to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm.