Medford man arrested after Ashland crash

A Medford man was arrested when Ashland police found his white Audi crashed into a ditch minutes after he sped away from a traffic stop early Friday morning, authorities said.

Martin Derbigny, 22, fled northbound on North Main Street from its intersection with Laurel Street after becoming uncooperative during the stop at about 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Ashland Police Department and court records.

"The officer had already pulled him over and initiated contact ... he was standing at the window," said APD Deputy Chief Corey Falls. "The officer asked him to get out the car and he took off."

Police did not immediately pursue Derbigny after he fled the traffic stop, Falls said, but found the car a few minutes later rolled over in a ditch past where the railroad tracks cross over North Main Street, Falls said.

Derbigny is lodged at Jackson County Jail for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless driving, being a felon in possession of a weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, attempting to elude police on foot and failure to carry a driver's license, jail records show. His bail is set at $27,000.

The white Audi crossed over the southbound lanes before wrecking into the ditch, Falls said.

"He crawled out and was still trying to run," said Falls. "We're not sure if he was out on the town drinking or just coming from a residence."

Derbigny, who was cited by Medford police in 2010 and 2011 for driving with a suspended license, was arrested about 150 feet from the car and transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment, records show.

"We're glad nobody was hurt and we were able to get him into custody," said Falls.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email

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