Police pursuit of stolen delivery van ends with arrest

State troopers chased down a man suspected of stealing a delivery van in Grants Pass this morning, finally arresting him in the parking lot of a pawn shop near downtown Medford.

Oregon State Police troopers were on the lookout for a California man who allegedly stole a Unifirst Uniforms delivery van earlier this morning. Unifirst makes and delivers work clothing for various industries.

They spotted the van on Interstate 5 near Gold Hill at 10:07 a.m.

The driver refused to pull over and hit the gas, nearing speeds of 70 mph. Eventually, he existed the freeway and sped into Central Point.

The stolen van careened recklessly and rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Court Street and Ohio Street in Medford. The two occupants of the rear-ended vehicle — a 58-year old man and his 5-year old daughter — were not injured, OSP said in an news release.

After the collision, the van continued south on Central Avenue until it eventually pulled into a pawn shop parking lot.

The driver, Steven Michael Sales, 26, of Canoga Park, Calif., was then arrested on several felony charges and lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

Sales faces counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, felony attempt to elude police in a vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangering, and second-degree criminal mischief. He remains lodged in jail this afternoon on $47,000 bail.

— Chris Conrad

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