A Rogue River man is in the Josephine County Jail facing charges of 1st degree burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude and reckless driving.
Just before 1 a.m. this morning a 2004 red Chevy Suburban was seen traveling on northeast “F” near Mill. The driver of the Suburban, determined to be Christopher Timothy Cooper, 29, of Rogue River, turned off the headlights and sped off heading east. Cooper turned and headed west on “E” at a high rate of speed, still with his lights off.
Cooper ignored police attempts at a traffic stop and led authorities on a chase through northeast neighborhoods eventually turning off Steiger onto northeast 6th, the wrong way.
Officers did not pursue the wrong way driver on 6th but paralleled him in hopes of being able to deploy spike strips.
Cooper turned east onto Morgan then north on 7th and continued to Scoville road where he went off road, eventually disabling the Suburban after crossing a deep culvert. The vehicle caught fire as Cooper fled on foot. Grants Pass fire extinguished the blaze
Police K-9 Brock located Cooper hiding under a porch after an almost two hour track.
Investigators learned the Suburban was stolen from a residence on southwest Eastern where it was discovered several items were stolen including the Suburban’s keys.
Further charges are expected.