Van Crashes into Home, Driver Charged

Van CrashMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police said a van struck a residence at Crater Lake Avenue and Bradbury Street this morning, and the driver has now been charged with DUI.

Police said around 9:51 a.m. Friday, officers arrived on the scene and contacted the driver of the van, 48-year-old Douglas Hayes, who was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Police said he had minor injuries and no one else was injured. The residence was occupied by three people at the time, but the van did not go into the residence, just caused exterior damage.

Police said their investigation revealed the van was driving on Bradbury Street towards Crater Lake Avenue when the driver appeared to pass out. Police said the van then accelerated, crossed Crater Lake Avenue and missed cross traffic, crashed through a fence and struck the residence. Hayes was transported to Providence Hospital.

Further police investigation revealed Hayes was under the influence of methamphetamine and his driver’s license was misdemeanor suspended due to previous traffic crimes, including Driving Under the Influence. Police said Hayes was cited and released for the following charges: Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor.

Hayes remains at the hospital.