Intersection reopens after late-night wreck

The intersection of Stewart Avenue and Kings Highway in Medford has reopened this morning after a man drove his truck into a light pole, fire hydrant and bank building late Wednesday, stopping traffic.

Dewey James Morris, 28, of Central Point, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless endangering, police said.

Police responding to a report of an accident in the area at 11:30 p.m. found a wrecked pickup truck resting against the Sterling Savings Bank building. A light pole was down in the intersection, and a hydrant and tree also had been hit, said Lt. Tim Doney this morning.

Police followed witnesses’ reports that two occupants of the car ran north through an alley . They found Morris and his brother, David Morris, 29, several blocks away, police said. Both suffered minor injuries.

Traffic signals at the intersection will not function fully for at least a week, said Doney. Drivers should expect flashing red signals and a portable stop sign at one part of the intersection for now, he said.

— Staff reports

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