Wild ride ends with drunken-driving charge for Medford woman

A Medford woman's wild ride through downtown late Monday morning ended with a leg injury and her car coming to a halt on the police department's lawn.

Barbara Jeanette Shaw, 57, had a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit after the car she was driving crashed through a row of rose bushes along Ivy Street and came to rest in the front lawn of the police department's temporary headquarters in the old Carnegie Library on West Main Street, police say.

Shaw, of the 2200 block of Table Rock Road, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Her blood alcohol level measured .21 percent, almost three times Oregon's legal limit of .08 percent, said Medford police Lt. Tim Doney.

Just before the crash, witnesses reported seeing the car, a Volkswagen Cabrio, headed west on Main Street. At some point after passing Mellelo's coffee shop, the driver "leaned out of her car trying to pick flowers" along the sidewalk adjacent to Alba Park, Doney said.

The car drifted onto the sidewalk and then back onto Main Street. It continued for another block before leaving the road once again and running onto the sidewalk and crossing Ivy Street.

Just before it crashed through the roses, Shaw fell out of the slow-moving car, Doney said. She suffered a minor injury after the left rear tire rolled over her leg.

Despite the injury, Shaw chased down and re-entered the car, Doney said. It came to a stop on the lawn outside the police department's temporary headquarters at the old library.

Shaw was treated at the scene by Mercy Flights paramedics.

— Chris Conrad

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