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Police: Two suspects arrested on multiple charges following elude

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Two people arrested on multiple charges after attempting to fraudulently fill prescriptions for pain medications and eluding police on Thursday.

At 10:00 a.m. Medford Police received reports of two suspects seen in pharmacies in the area attempting to fraudulently fill prescription pain medications. The suspects left the scene before officers could arrive. Shortly after MPD received a report that the suspects were at the North Medford Fred Meyer Pharmacy attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription. Officers responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspects in the parking lot.

The suspects fled in a red 2017 Hyundai passenger car with California license plates as soon as they saw officers northbound on Hwy 62. Due to the reckless nature, officers did not pursue the car.

The car was spotted multiple times driving in and out of the city and then eastbound onto Vilas Rd then later turning south onto N. Phoenix Rd. Law enforcement attempted to stop the car the multiple times using tire deflation devices without success.

Jackson County Sheriff deputy later spotted the car exiting I-5 at the 30 exit onto Hwy 62 where it crashed into a red 2010 Toyota Prius.

The suspects abandoned the car and ran into the Rogue Regency Inn.

Law enforcement established a perimeter around the hotel, that's when the suspects ran out of the back of the hotel were officers eventually arrested them after a short pursuit.

Scott McCullough, the owner of Rogue Regency Inn, says he had to put the hotel on lockdown during the on-foot pursuit.

"We had to lock down the hotel, housekeepers had to go into coordinated areas, whole hotel had to get shut down. So it was a very, very tense senario for about 20 minutes," says McCullough.

Highway 62 near the Fred Meyer was briefly closed as the damaged cars were removed and the Medford Police Traffic Team investigated the accident.

No injuries were reported.

MPD arrested 18-year-old Kenneth Anthony Perkins of Richmond, California and 21-year-old Samuel Barreras Luna Jr. of Vacaville, California on the following charges:

  • Perkins: Three counts of tampering with drug records, elude reckless driving and failure to perform duties of a driver (hit and run) and
  • Luna: Three counts of tampering with drug records and three counts of identity theft.

Both have been lodged into the Jackson County Jail.




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