Sheriff stop turns into chase

On Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:19 a.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Highway 234 as they neared Highway 62.  The vehicle quickly fled and after a short pursuit ended up driving up Del Isle Way where it encountered a gated driveway.  The suspect vehicle, a white Honda Civic, was forced to stop at the gate, at which time the driver was taken into custody and the passenger fled.

A Jackson County S.O. K-9 unit was in the area and started an immediate track of the fleeing passenger  up the driveway on foot.  The passenger was found by the K-9 approximately one quarter mile southeast of the vehicle’s location where he’d tried to hide himself in some dense brush and covering himself with pieces of tree bark.  He was taken into custody without incident.

Arrested  was the driver, Harold Floyd Payne, Jr. 36, Central Point, on charges of felony eluding in vehcile, and possession controlled substance, meth; and, the passenger, Carl George Sullivant, 37, transient, on  charges of felony warrant, walk away from the work enter, possession controlled substance, meth and bribe giving.

Eagle Point Police assisted in the case. The vehcile was impounded. Other charges are being investigated.

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