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June 25, 2018
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Elude Suspect Crashes Stolen Pickup (Photo)
Julie Denney
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Elude Suspect Crashes Stolen Pickup (Photo)

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A man believed to be under the influence of drugs stole a pickup in Medford and eluded deputies early Sunday morning. The pursuit ended in a muddy field in the 4000-block of Corey Road after the vehicle crashed into a pasture and struck two young bulls. The animals had to be put down.

On February 11, 2018, at 4:40 a.m., dispatch received a report of a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup stolen from a driveway in the 1900-block of Patrick Street, Medford. Medford Police responded to investigate.

At 4:48 a.m., a Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy located the vehicle northbound on North Foothill Road. The driver was later identified as Corey James Elmore, 28, a Medford transient.

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. Elmore fled east on Dodson Road, and then doubled back to Foothill Road, continuing northbound at high speeds.

Elmore didn't slow enough to make the turn onto Corey Road. He drove through the intersection, crashing through a fence and into a pasture. The vehicle struck two yearling bulls before driving back onto the roadway and crashing through another fence. Vehicle damage and muddy terrain ended Elmore's flight moments later. Deputies took him into custody without further incident.

The owner of the bulls requested that they be dispatched due to the severity of their injuries. The stolen vehicle was towed from the scene due to extensive damage. The total damage to the vehicle, property, and livestock is estimated at several thousand dollars.

Elmore was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center for evaluation. He was then lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a warrant, a probation violation detention warrant, and the following new charges: unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving, two counts of second degree criminal mischief, two counts of aggravated animal abuse, and driving under the influence of intoxicants (controlled substance).

Case #18-02989
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