Police: Man runs into dead end after eluding cops

Police: Man runs into dead end after eluding cops
JD Marlin Gardiner, 39, of Myrtle Creek

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- Police in Myrtle Creek say a man's plan to elude police came undone when he took a turn onto a dead end street.

Police say that on Sunday just after 5:00 pm, an officer tried to stop a vehicle for speeding in the area of Craig and Spruce streets.

Instead of stopping, police say the driver of the 2012 Mazda 3 sped off.

Police say the driver led police on a chase through several neighborhood streets, when the officer decided to back off from the pursuit for safety reasons.

Chief Don Brown says that as the officer was starting to slow down, he saw the driver turn down Christian Street, which dead ends.

Police took the driver, who they identified as JD Marlin Gardiner, 39, of Myrtle Creek, into custody without further incident.

Police charged Gardiner with felony attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

Officers say he was also charged with two counts of reckless endangering since he had two passengers.

Gardiner was lodged in the Douglas County Jail.