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Four arrested in two stolen car incidents

Man crashes stolen vehicle; 3 caught in separate theft
 Posted: 1:55 PM July 22, 2009

Ashland police handled two car theft cases in the space of a few hours Tuesday evening after one driver led an officer on a chase on Jackson Road and another crashed a stolen car in Yreka.

At about 5:40 p.m., a man driving a car stolen in Eugene evaded an officer in a chase on Jackson Road after the officer tried to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, according to the police report.

The driver, along with another man and teen boy who were riding in the car, were arrested 30 minutes later near Norton Street and Ashland Mine Road.

The driver, Brandon Miller, 24, was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude and reckless driving.

The adult passenger, Damien Molina, 18, was also lodged at Jackson County Jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, is being held at Juvenile Detention Hall for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Just six minutes after the Ashland Police Department reported the car chase, they received information from the California Highway Patrol about an intoxicated driver who had crashed in Yreka and admitted to stealing the car he had been driving.

Justin Lee Roberts had just stolen the car from the first block of North Main Street in Ashland, according to the police report. The owner of the vehicle hadn't yet realized the car had been stolen, police said.

Roberts was arrested and lodged in a California jail for vehicle theft and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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