EXCLUSIVE: Medford Man Calls 911 From Van He Stole While Drunk

Even as Ashland police were discovering what Jared Irons had been up to one May night, Jared Irons was on the same voyage of discovery.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2018 8:48 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — When 21-year-old Medford man Jared Irons woke up on the morning of May 19, he was more than a little confused. He didn't know where he was. He didn't know why he was there. He seemed to be in the passenger seat of a van, but that was about the extent of his worldly knowledge.

So Irons did what any quick-thinking person would do in that scenario—he called 911. His phone, as he later admitted to the 911 dispatcher, was not actually his phone either. [Hear that 911 call by clicking the clip above]

Meanwhile, Ashland Police were investigating the early-morning theft of a delivery van from the Village Baker of Ashland. Witnesses described a white adult male wearing blue jeans and a purple shirt who had taken off in the vehicle.

When officers arrived to aid Jared Irons, they found him in a Village Baker delivery van—a white man wearing blue jeans and a purple shirt. They also found him with a BAC level of .17.

Presumably, the investigation was relatively brief.

Irons was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving. Irons pleaded guilty to the first charge, while the second was diverted, and the last dismissed.

On Tuesday, Irons received his sentence. His driver's license is revoked for the next year. He will also be subject to the following probation requirements:

 - Obey all laws
 - Pay all fines and abide by all financial conditions of probation
 - Abstain from the use of all intoxicants, including alcohol
 - Complete 80 hours of community service
 - Pay restitution to the victim (amount to be determined)
 - Unless given permission from the court, have no contact with the Village Baker

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