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October 16, 2021
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Suspect Arrested After Attempting to Elude Police (photos) (Photo)

Case 21-3118

Suspect Arrested After Attempting a High-Speed Elude through Medford Area

MEDFORD, Ore. – A suspect attempted to elude the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) by motorcycle Wednesday afternoon. The Task Force, including personnel from the United States Marshals Service, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), and Medford Police Department (MPD) arrested Christopher Lee Ridders, 34, at approx. 1515 Wednesday.

JCSO deputies initiated a traffic stop in White City, Ore. at approx. 1451. The suspect fled on his black, Harley Davidson motorcycle, driving recklessly and at high speeds while running red lights and splitting traffic. The pursuit was terminated with regards to public safety, but Law Enforcement was able to track him by JCSO, MPD and Phoenix Police Department relaying his position. Ridders then attempted a U-turn on the Phoenix, Ore. Interstate 5 exit 24 offramp towards oncoming traffic. At that point Ridders struck a police vehicle, crashing his motorcycle and was taken into custody without incident.

Ridders was wanted on multiple warrants out of Washington County, Ore. including a parole violation, second-degree robbery, second and third-degree assault, first-degree theft, and assault on an officer. While attempting to escape police, Ridders added a felony attempting to elude by vehicle, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.

Ridders is now lodged at the Jackson County jail awaiting return to Washington County, Ore.

PNVOTF specializes in locating and arresting fugitives wanted for offenses including, but not limited to, murder, assault, sex crimes, failure to register as a sex offender, firearm violations, and probation violations.

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