Medford man sought for high-speed chase caught

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office finally caught up with a man who fled from Oregon State Police in June in a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 and led them in a foot pursuit through orchards near Talent.

A deputy arrested Nathan Michael Vobora, 24, of the 1700 block of Hybiscus Street, Medford, after a short chase Thursday in White City.

Sheriff Mike Winters said a deputy attempted to stop Vobora just before noon Thursday for a traffic violation on Atlantic Avenue, but he fled. The deputy gave chase and Vobora wrecked his car near the intersection of 26th Street and Avenue F, then ran into a field behind a Wilson Way subdivision.

A deputy arrested him there on charges of attempting to elude police on foot and in a vehicle, driving with a suspended license, reckless endangering and possession of methamphetamine, as well as warrants charging him with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police on foot, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering and three counts of failure to appear in court.

Some of the warrants stemmed from Vobora's high-speed run down I-5 last month with troopers in pursuit. In that case on June 12, Vobora drove a stolen 1996 Dodge Neon until a tire blew out near Talent.

He and a passenger, Joshua Allen Brown, 22, bailed out and ran through orchards, prompting a search by several law enforcement agencies, a police dog and a helicopter. Brown also escaped but was later arrested and has already been convicted for eluding police. Another passenger, James Baehr, 42, was arrested at the car on a probation violation.

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