Medford man dies trying to elude police

A Medford man with a long history of trying to run from police died Tuesday night when he crashed a reportedly stolen motorcycle into a car as an officer tried to stop him for questioning.

Scott Edward Perry, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the intersection of Rossanley Drive and Sage Road, Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Medford police officer R.J. Josephson spotted Perry on a red, white and blue Honda CBR-600 motorcycle that matched the description of one reported stolen that morning from the 400 block of West Second Street in Medford, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said. Perry was riding south on North Central Avenue and turned west onto Rossanley Drive, Carlson said.

At 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, Josephson attempted to stop the motorcyclist, turning on his overhead lights as he followed to make a routine traffic stop. As the officer crested the steep overpass over the railroad tracks, the motorcycle sped into the intersection of Rossanley Drive and Sage Road and crashed into a car traveling south on Sage Road, Carlson said.

Josephson started immediate medical help and summoned additional emergency medical personnel, who pronounced Perry dead, Carlson said.

The driver of the car involved in the accident was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Carlson said.

Police are holding the Honda motorcycle, confirmed to be the one reported stolen that morning.

Investigators hadn't released any estimate of how fast the bike was going at the time of the crash.

Perry had been arrested 37 times since 1982 for theft, burglary, escape, assault, criminal conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, coercion, and parole violations, a Crime Stoppers bulletin from early this month said. He had served at least six prison sentences, said the May 5 bulletin, which was getting out the word that Perry was wanted, at that time, for parole violation and a warrant for failing to appear in court.

His criminal activity had prompted numerous past news stories, including several about an attempted jailbreak in 1994 and numerous cases of vehicle theft and fleeing from police.

A 2002 Mail Tribune story quoted Medford police as saying they considered Perry "an immediate danger to the community because of his long history of trying to outrun officers while driving."

The sheriff's department and the multi-agency Jackson County Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the crash and the circumstances surrounding it, Carlson said. The final report will be presented to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail

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