An accused heroin trafficker led police on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning in south Medford that included ramming a Medford police car and driving through the Alba Drive Little League baseball fields before he was captured with the help of a K-9 tracker, authorities said.
Police said they also found more than 2 pounds of heroin that 38-year-old Kevin Leroy Holt allegedly tried to stash before his capture while attempting to hide in a boat at a Franquette Street address.
The case began at 4:30 a.m. when detectives from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team stopped a vehicle in the Motel 6 parking lot on Alba Drive, police said.
The vehicle rammed a police car, causing minor injuries to an officer, then sped through the parking lot and drove through two fences before motoring across the youth baseball fields there, police said.
When the vehicle could go no further, Holt allegedly ran from the vehicle to an adjacent neighborhood where the police dog and its handler tracked down Holt, who was arrested without further incident, police said.
Holt was arrested on possession and delivery of heroin, possession and delivery of methamphetamine, attempting to elude police in a vehicle and on foot, assault on a police officer and three counts of hit-and-run driving, police said.
He was lodged Sunday in the Jackson County Jail on $567,500 bail.