Elude Ends with Two Arrests
On Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded toward the Gold Hill area after a male subject in a vehicle had menaced another vehicle with a shotgun. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop at Old Stage Road and Scenic Avenue. The 1995 Lincoln Town Car fled at a high rate of speed.
The pursuit continued on Old Stage Road, eventually turning onto Taylor Road and into Central Point, turning onto Haskell Road. The Lincoln ran several stop signs and ran a red light at Pine Street, in Central Point. Deputies attempted to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique, also known as a PIT maneuverer several times. The driver eventually lost control of his vehicle and an OSP patrol car and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office patrol car were able to pin the vehicle against a sign, rendering it inoperable. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Ty Ray Nunes, 29, of Grants Pass, fled on foot and ran towards Central Point.
Nunes made entry into a home on 2nd Avenue, in Central Point around 7:35 p.m. and locked himself inside. Several units from Central Point Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, including a K9 unit. After making verbal commands to Nunes, he eventually came out of the house at 7:58 p.m. and was placed into police custody. The passenger in Nunes’ vehicle was also placed into custody. She was identified as Brandy Rose Johnson, 24, of Medford. Two black pouches were located. Inside was 39.19 grams of Methamphetamine, as well as scales and clear baggies.
Nunes was taken to the Jackson County Jail and charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Elude with a Vehicle, Elude on Foot, Trespass 1, Criminal Mischief X 2, Criminal Mischief 2, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering. Nunes also had several warrants.
Johnson was taken to the Jackson County Jail and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and also had several outstanding warrants.
There was significant damage not only to the Lincoln Town Car, but also two police patrol vehicles. The original call for menacing ended up being untrue after witness statements were taken.