2:58 p.m. UPDATE:
On Sunday, March 4th at approximately 10:09 AM, a Medford Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of 4th and Apple in Medford. The suspect vehicle quickly changed into a clear lane and then eluded eastbound on 4th Street. The suspect vehicle drove approximately one block and then ran the red light at 4th and Riverside, hitting a van travelling northbound on Riverside.
"In this incident, there was no pursuit. [The officer lights up the vehicle.] The vehicle takes off and he immediately crashes. So it was an elude but it wasn't a pursuit. We were not pursuing him, just trying to stop him and he immediately takes off and crashes," said Sgt. Mak with the Medford Police Department.
The accident tipped the van over on its side and forced it into a light pole and electrical box. The driver of the van was trapped inside of his vehicle for over an hour until Medford Fire-Rescue was able to extricate him.
"The driver was conscious. I was able to walk up and talk to him asked how he was doing. He wasn't happy but he was stable and conscious and we were able to have a conversation. When we actually finally got him out of the van I asked how he was doing. He said 'I'm having a good day. I'm glad it's not raining,'" said Capt. Kip Gray with Medford Fire-Rescue.
The driver of the van was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
In addition to the injury in the involved vehicle, there were a total of 4 people inside the suspect vehicle, and two of the four were also transported by ambulance to local hospitals for apparent non life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the suspect vehicle that eluded Police (Adrian Alex Enriquez, 24 yr old male) was not one of the injured parties and was arrested at the scene. He was transported to the county jail and lodged.
Adrian Alex Enriquez
Attempt to Elude Police Officer
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (X4)
Assault 3 (X3)
Post Prison Violation - Eluding Police Officer
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12:30 p.m. UPDATE:
The intersection is clear. Signal lights are still off. Proceed with caution.
11:55 a.m. UPDATE:
Medford Police say at least one person is in custody after eluding police and crashing into another car.
Police say they tried to pull over a car driving down 4th St. for a traffic violation. That's when they say the car sped off and crashed into another car causing it flip and crash into a pole.
Emergency responders extricated the driver who was taken to the hospital. The driver's condition is not known at this time.
Police said two other people were injured in the crash. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Medford Police say they will still be at the scene for a few hours.
MEDFORD, Ore. -- A multi-vehicle crash is blocking 4th St. and Riverside Ave.
NewsWatch 12 has a reporter on the scene working to get more information.
Stay with NewsWatch 12 as this story develops.
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