Medford police search for driver of stolen car

Police are searching for a man who reportedly fled a wrecked stolen car near Roosevelt Elementary School on Lindley Street in Medford early Saturday. A second man was caught.

The car was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Spring Street on Thursday. Medford patrol officers Corey Schwab and Ben Lytle spotted the car at 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Court Street and Highway 62.

When they tried to stop the car the driver sped eastbound on Jackson Street. The officers decided not to give chase, but soon saw a large dust cloud far to the east that resulted from a crash.

When they arrived at the crash, the two men had fled. The driver, Tory Ray Ramirez, 25, was arrested after a search of the area.

People living in the area surrounding Roosevelt Elementary School told police the second man was armed with a handgun.

Officers searched the neighborhood with a police dog but were unable to find the second suspect, who was described as a white adult with a medium build and shaved head. He was last seen wearing a blue tank top and baggy shorts.

No guns were found during the search. Officers are still trying to identify the second man.

Ramirez was lodged without bail in the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, attempting to elude police on foot and in a vehicle and a parole violation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police at 774-2250.

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