California Fugitive apprehended by GPDPS K-9 after fleeing from Police

Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety

On Thursday, April 5th, 2019 at approximately 2:00 PM, a 911 call was received from a motorist that had just been involved in a crash on the Grants Pass Parkway, near NE F St.  The involved driver advised his car had been hit from behind by a purple Chevrolet Lumina, which had fled the scene of the crash. The suspect vehicle was last seen on the Grants Pass Parkway, headed towards SE M St.  Police witnessed the suspect vehicle go through the intersection of SE M and the Grants Pass Parkway, against a red light.  When police attempted to stop the vehicle it failed to yield, driving recklessly through the area of Parkdale and Fruitdale Dr.  Grants Pass Police, along with Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office began searching the Fruitdale area, ultimately locating the suspect vehicle in the area of Mt. Baldy Rd. The suspect was able to elude officers, continuing outbound on Rogue River Hwy. Officers were able to identify the suspect as  28 year old Christopher Sovereign from Eureka California.  In an attempt to evade officers, Sovereign abandoned his vehicle in the mobile home park located at 3381 Rogue River Hwy.  Witnesses at the mobile home park called police to report the suspicious male running out the back of the park, into a wooded area.  Sgt. Jeff Gaunt and K-9 Brock began a search for Sovereign, who had warrants from California for felon in possession of a firearm and other drug related charges.  K-9 Brock tracked Sovereign to  an area where Sovereign had hidden himself in holes in the ground created by blown down trees.  K-9 Brock apprehended Sovereign, who was in  possession of a handgun and additional ammunition.  Sovereign was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for apprehension wounds. He was later released for incarceration at the Josephine County Jail.  Along with the warrants from California, Sovereign was lodged on new charges of; Failing to leave name at the scene of a crash(felony), Felony attempt to elude police, Felon in possession of a firearm, Reckless driving,  The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to thank alert citizens for updating police on suspicious activity, which assisted in the apprehension.