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Man nearly hits officer; rams patrol car, speeds off

Miles Washington, arrested following car pursuit beginning in Rogue River and ending in Central Point on Monday night.

A Rogue River Police Officer was nearly hit by a suspect driving a stolen vehicle on Monday night.

Rogue River Police Chief Chris Synder says an officer was responding to a separate call in an apartment complex when he the ran the Washington plates of a Dodge Charger.

At roughly 6:50 p.m. the suspect began to drive out of the complex when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.

“Our officer tried to stop him," Rogue River Police Chief Chris Synder said. "The suspect accelerated, our officer had to pretty much dive back into the patrol vehicle to avoid being crushed.”

The suspect damaged the officers patrol car and took off at high speeds towards Gold Hill.

According to police, the man driving the stolen car had topped speeds over 100 mph on North River Road, Interstate 5 and into Central Point.

Police were able to corner and arrest 19-year-old Miles Washington in trailer park along Freeman Road in Central Point.

Central Point Police, Medford Police, Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff's assisted in taking the suspect into custody.

Washington has been charged with two counts of Attempting to Elude, two counts of Reckless Driving, Criminal Trespass, Attempted Assault 1st Degree, Assault on a Police Officer and Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle.

The initial responding officer was not injured during the incident.

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