Joshua Ales

Car theft suspect captured in cow pasture

Three stolen cars have been recovered in the wake of a Monday morning police chase through the outskirts of Eagle Point that ended on a cattle ranch, according to police. 

Joshua Scott Ales, 37, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a number of felony vehicle theft, elude and criminal mischief charges alleging he burglarized a Central Point landscaping company last weekend and broke into multiple vehicles near Eagle Point High School trying to steal one early Monday morning.

At just after 8 a.m. Monday, Eagle Point police and Jackson County sheriff's deputies apprehended Ales in a cow pasture in the 12700 block of Highway 62 after the vehicle he was driving, reported stolen earlier that morning, got stuck in the mud during a 20-minute pursuit that took police through barbed-wire fences and two cattle gates outside city limits. 

Inside the stolen vehicle, Eagle Point police found a stolen motor scooter and other stolen goods tied to recent thefts in the area, an Eagle Point police release said.

During the pursuit, Ales allegedly threw Ford keys out the window, later determined to belong to a truck taken during a burglary at Bumgardner Landscaping in Central Point over the weekend in which about $1,400 worth of chainsaws and trimmers were taken with the truck, police said. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,320.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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