Police: Roseburg man arrested after two motorcycle pursuits

Joshua Lee Harding (Douglas County Sheriff's Office mugshot)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg man wanted for eluding police was tracked and arrested following another pursuit overnight, police said.

According to a Roseburg Police Department report, Walmart security reported on Tuesday, October 17, that a man stole from the store and used physical force to escape custody.

Police say the suspect, 34-year-old Joshua Lee Harding, led police on a pursuit on a motorcycle. Police terminated the chase "due to conditions," the report said.

Around 1:15 a.m. Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office got into a pursuit with Harding, again on the motorcycle, which was later found to have a scratched off vehicle identification number, the report said.

Police say Harding crashed on Hwy 99S near 1st Street in Dillard before running off on foot. A perimeter was then established by police.

Roseburg K9 Axel responded and tracked westbound on 1st Street for about 1,000 feet before alerting on some thick bushes. The K9 found the suspect's jacket, motorcycle helmet and other clothing items concealed deep in the bushes.

Perimeter units then found a man walking toward them.

Police say they weren't certain he was the suspect, but detained him. K9 Axel continued tracking from the clothing items directly along the man's path until they reached his location.

Investigation revealed it was Harding, who was involved in both pursuits and the incident at Walmart.

Additionally, he had two warrants for his arrest from Myrtle Creek Police Dept.

Harding was lodged at the county corrections facility.

He was charged with third degree robbery, eluding by vehicle, third degree theft, reckless driving, and the two warrants out of Myrtle Creek -- failure to appear in the first degree and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

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