A Peach Street resident called Medford police at 1:03 a.m. this morning, reporting a man hiding in his garage. It turned to be the same man who stole a car from an apartment complex on Royal Avenue at 9:01 Tuesday night.
39-year old Robert Roy Pridy asked a man outside his apartment for a glass of water. The victim left Pridy unattended to get some water, and when he returned, Pridy was gone, having taken the man’s car keys and his 2006 Ford Mustang.
At 12:30 a.m., the car was spotted on Griffin Creek Road by a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy. He attempted to stop Pridy, but he refused to stop, and took off. Spike strips were deployed. The tires were eventually flattened, and Pridy crashed into a parked trailer on Murray Street.
He fled on foot, and was ultimately found hiding in the garage of the home on Peach. Pridy refused to respond to verbal commands to come out by police. He resisted arrest, and a taser was used to subdue the uncooperative suspect.
Pridy faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of meth (which was found in the car), attempting to elude, reckless driving, felon in possession of a weapon (a dagger was found in the car) and hit and run. He is lodged in Jackson County Jail on $64,000 bail.