Vehicle Pursuit After Suspect Rams Police Car

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Vehicle Pursuit After Suspect Rams Police Car


PREVIEW News Release from Medford Police Dept.
Preview posted on FlashAlert: February 23rd, 2019 12:49 AM

On Friday February 22nd at about 8:30pm, a Medford Police Officer attempted contact with a male subject in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Northgate Shopping Center near Chipotle. The vehicle, a silver Ford Expedition, was being operated by a subject (Michael Macabe) known to have felony warrants out of the California Department of Corrections. The Medford Police Officer parked his vehicle behind the silver Expedition in order to block it in but as he attempted to contact the driver, the suspect put the car in reverse and slammed into the Medford Police patrol vehicle and nearly struck the officer. The suspect then recklessly fled through the parking lot and through the landscaping out towards the intersection of Hwy 62/Hwy 99. Other Medford Police officers in the area located the suspect vehicle driving recklessly on Hwy 99 and a vehicle pursuit began, northbound on Hwy 99. Officers pursued the vehicle to the intersection of Mace Road/Merriman Road where the suspect exited from his vehicle and fled on foot. A Medford Police officer chased the suspect on foot and was able to get the suspect into custody about 100 yards away after a brief struggle. The Central Point Police Department assisted the Medford Police officer in taking Macabe into custody. The suspect sustained minor injuries and no officers were harmed during the incident. The Medford Police K9 vehicle that was struck by the suspect was heavily damaged but the K9 was not injured.

Michael James Macabe was lodged at the Jackson County Jail of the following charges:

Reckless Endangering, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 1, Attempt to Elude-Vehicle, Resisting Arrest,  Unlawful Possession/Distribution/Manufacture of Heroin and outstanding felony warrants.

Macabe, Michael James 23 years old
Unknown Address, California
Total Bail $102,500

Medford Police Case number 19-3522

Contact Info:
Medford Police Media Line (541)774-2299

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