Man linked to several alleged car thefts Thursday in jail

A man who allegedly stole three trucks and tried to steal two others Thursday led police on a high-speed chase that ended when a dead-end road in west Medford halted him in his tracks, police reported. (Correction: See below)

Christopher Alan Page, a 29-year-old transient, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on three counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; two counts of attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; unlawful entry into a motor vehicle; first-degree theft; second-degree criminal mischief; attempting to elude police — in a vehicle and on foot — and reckless driving. His bail is set at $113,000, jail records show.

Police said they recovered two Toyota pickup trucks allegedly stolen by Page at Rogue Valley Mall and received reports of a man they believe to have been Page trying to break into two additional Toyota pickups in an unspecified Walmart parking lot Thursday.

At 4 p.m., police received a report that a truck had been taken from a driveway in the 300 block of Beatty Street in Medford. Five minutes later, police spotted the truck, a 2005 Chevy Silverado, near the intersection of Fourth and Grape streets. The truck sped north on Columbus Avenue when police attempted to pull the driver over, and officers backed off due to Page's erratic driving until they saw him turn onto a dead-end road near the Medford Public Works Department building. After Page stopped, police saw him flee from the vehicle but located him hiding in some bushes nearby.

Police said they were able to link Page to the previous thefts and attempted break-ins during their investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

Correction: Details in this portion of the story have been changed following a clarification from police.

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