Motorcyclist who died in wreck had history of crime

The Medford man who died Tuesday night when a stolen motorcycle he was riding crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Rossanley Drive and Sage Road has been identified.

Scott Edward Perry, 45, had a history of arrests for a variety of crimes and had served at least six prison sentences, a Crime Stoppers bulletin from early this month said.

A Medford police officer, whose name hasn't been released yet, had spotted the red, white and blue Honda CBR-600 motorcycle and noted it matched the description of one reported stolen that morning from the 400 block of West Second Street in Medford, authorities said.

When the officer saw the bike heading south on North Central Avenue and turning onto Rossanley Drive, he attempted to stop the motorcyclist, who was driving west on Rossanley Drive, sheriff's department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in a news release.

Before the officer made the traffic stop, the motorcycle sped into the intersection of Rossanley Drive and Sage Road and crashed into a car traveling south on Sage Road. The trailing officer saw the crash unfold in front of him just as his patrol car crested the steep overpass over the railroad tracks, Carlson said.

The Medford officer called for assistance and provided medical assistance to Perry, who was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical technicians.

The driver of the car involved in the accident was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, Carlson said.

Perry had been arrested 37 times since 1982 for theft, burglary, escape, assault, criminal conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, coercion, and parole violations, the Crime Stoppers bulletin said.

In a Mail Tribune news story in 2002, Medford police said they considered him an immediate danger to the community because of his long history of trying to outrun officers while driving.

— Anita Burke

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