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Police say man in Highway 99 chase died from self-inflicted wounds

A man who led police on a high-speed chase Friday morning killed himself after his vehicle stalled near Talent and pursuing officers attempted to take him into custody, according to a news release.

The man’s name and age has not been released yet, pending next of kin notification.

At 1:40 a.m. Friday, Ashland police received information about an intoxicated driver in the area of South Valley View Road and Highway 99. When officers tried to stop the car, the driver fled northbound on Highway 99 “while driving extremely recklessly,” the release said.

The vehicle stalled along Highway 99 just south of the Talent. Officers from Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Jackson County ordered the man from the vehicle, and they tried to remove him from the vehicle when he would not comply, which prompted a struggle and an officer using a stun gun.

“After the driver was removed, he was found to have sustained several self-inflicted stab wounds to his neck,” the release said.

Medics from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and Ashland Fire & Rescue attempted to render aid, but the man did not survive. The Major Assault Death Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.

“Though the driver died from self-inflicted wounds, his death is considered to have happened while in the custody of police officers given the circumstances,” the press release said. “The MADIU team is responsible for investigating all in-custody deaths.”

Medford police is the lead investigative agency. The incident closed Highway 99 between Arnos and Creel roads until about 7:45 a.m.