Curtis Eugene Engle

Central Point man turns to find his car driving away

Steve Strohman's morning started routinely. He went outside, started his 2015 Honda Civic with his key fob and ran back inside to tell his family goodbye.

When he turned around, he saw two people in his car pulling out of his driveway onto Juanita Way.

"I went back to the front door, and we all watched my car drive away," Strohman said in a telephone interview. "I had just started it."

The theft happened just before 7 a.m. today, according to Central Point police Lt. Chadd Griffin.

Strohman chased the car thieves in his wife's car. He caught up as they turned onto Highway 99, and he watched the pair blow through traffic lights and drive erratically, he said. The vehicle continued less than four miles before it crashed near the intersection of Hanley Road and Rossanley Drive, where it slammed into a ditch.

Strohman saw the suspects, a man and a woman, leave the vehicle as he drove up to the crash site. The fob he'd used to start his vehicle was in his pocket the whole time.

"I saw my car had gone straight, went into the field, hit the fence and a couple of posts," he said. "(They) had gotten out, and they were about 20 feet away, casually walking away."

Central Point police, Medford police and Jackson County Sheriff's Office swarmed to the scene. By about 8 a.m., police had tracked the suspects to an outbuilding on Hanley Road. They were arrested without incident.

The car's front bumper, lights and one of the wheels was damaged, Strohman said.

Police arrested Stephanie Ray Ann Wilson, 31, and Curtis Eugene Engle, 36, for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Wilson also faces first-degree criminal mischief, trespass and reckless driving, with bail of $22,000. Engle faces unlawful possession of hydrocodone, second-degree theft and criminal trespass with a $20,000 bail, according to jail records. They were lodged in Jackson County Jail Wednesday afternoon. 

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