Fugitive arrested after crashing into a bridge

GOLD HILL — Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old California fugitive on a dozen charges after he allegedly stole his ex-girlfriend's car Nov. 16 in Medford and wrecked it late Thursday on Highway 234's Rock Point Bridge before fleeing the scene.

Officers used a police dog to track the suspect for three miles early Friday from the one-vehicle wreck before the dogs lost his scent, according to the Oregon State Police.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies, however, caught up with and arrested the suspect late this morning at an unidentified location, according to the Medford Police Department.

Keyontae Lamar Taylor was taken into custody on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief, attempt to elude police on foot, two counts of reckless endangerment, hit-and-run driving, fourth-degree assault, menacing, strangulation, coercion and harassment.

Taylor was lodged at the Jackson County Jail without bail on a fugitive warrant out of California, jail records show.

Officers have sought Taylor since Friday, when he escaped from a Crater Lake Avenue apartment in a 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant reported stolen the previous day from a residence on Tahitian Avenue in Medford, police said.

The car was loaned to him by his ex-girlfriend Nov. 15 but he failed to return it, police said. It was listed as stolen after he fled an officer Friday at the apartment, police said.

That vehicle was heavily damaged in the 11:10 p.m. Thursday wreck, which closed the bridge near Gold Hill to traffic for about an hour, according to the OSP.

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