Sheriff: Man fleeing deputy crashes motorcycle, gets bit by police dog

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- An attempt to escape from deputies ended painfully on Wednesday after a man crashed the motorcycle and was then bit by a police dog, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

Just after 9:30 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy was traveling west on Beebe Road in Central Point when he saw a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed, the sheriff's office said.

The motorcycle rounded the corner on Beebe Road and began traveling north on Gebhard Road. The deputy attempted to catch up with the lone motorcycle rider, later identified as Richard Myers, 31, of Eagle Point.

The deputy attempted to stop the rider at Gibbon Road and Truax Road in Central Point. The motorcycle turned down a driveway in the 2100 block of Gibbon Road, and attempted to flee the deputy.

While traveling down the gravel driveway towards a large field, authorities say Myers lost control and crashed.

Myers took off on foot, so a Jackson County K-9 team was called in to assist with the search, officials said.

Deputies say K-9 Darco found Myers about 150 yards into field.

Myers was bit by the K-9 and then taken into custody.

Myers was charged with attempt to elude in a vehicle and on foot, as well as reckless driving.

Deputies say due to his injuries he was cited and released at Rogue Regional Medical Center.