Medford police provided this photograph of damage to the house.

Man put on probation for ramming ex-girlfriend's house while intoxicated

A Medford man who rammed his car through his ex-girlfriend's bedroom wall was sentenced to probation.

Matthew Joseph Olivares, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. His driver's license also was suspended for five years, said Karen Loomis, Jackson County senior deputy district attorney.

Olivares injured his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend when his 2006 Acura sedan struck the outside wall of her bedroom shortly after 4 a.m. Jan. 14, said Medford police. The former couple's twin children also were inside the room but not injured, police said.

Police said Olivares was driving at least 50 mph southbound on Medford's Wabash Avenue before smashing into the house, which sits on the corner of where the avenue bends east and becomes Stevens Street. Although Olivares struck a tree en route, the impact knocked the home off its foundation, said police. The woman was sleeping in a bed just a few feet from the wall that was in the car's path.

Olivares, of the 1800 block of East Barnett Road, was arrested at the scene and transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with minor injuries before he was taken to jail. He remained in custody until Tuesday's hearing.

— Sarah Lemon

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