Day-shift deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department spent a few hours Wednesday focusing on traffic along North Foothill Road and ended up making several stops for speeding, cellphone use and driving while suspended.
The deputies issued three citations for speeding, two citations for cellphone use, six for driving while suspended, and three people were arrested for probation violations, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Two people were arrested for driving while suspended, the release said.
In one case, a passenger in a red Honda that was pulled over ran away during the stop. A deputy chased him more than a quarter of a mile and arrested him — with the help of a citizen who helped slow him down, the release said.
The suspect was identified as Guillermo Ishtar Guitron III, 26, of Medford, who had a felony warrant for parole violation.
Deputies found methamphetamine in the vehicle after using a police dog to sniff the vehicle, the release said.
The driver of the Honda, Bill Wesley Spencer, Jr., 23, and a female passenger, Patricia Gaylynn Coggins, 21, were arrested and lodged in jail for probation violation.
The release said deputies plan more focused patrols on North Foothill Road and other problem areas of the county. Residents who would like to see deputies focus on a particular traffic problem in their neighborhood were encouraged to call dispatch at 541-776-7206 to request extra patrols.