Wild ride ends up at police station

A Medford woman's wild ride through downtown on Memorial Day ended when her car came to a halt on the police department's lawn.

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

Shaw, of the 2200 block of Table Rock Road, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Her blood-alcohol level measured .21 percent, nearly three times Oregon's legal limit of .08 percent, said Medford police Lt. Tim Doney.

"DUII arrests don't get any easier than this," Doney said. "Our officers didn't have to go very far."

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, at the corner of Main and Holly streets, 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, where it narrowly missed a parked car that belonged to a city employee and a set of U.S. Postal Service mailboxes along Main Street. The car then struck the police department's road sign and headed for a row of rosebushes planted along Ivy Street.

As the slow-moving car crashed through the roses, Shaw fell out, Doney said, and the left rear tire rolled over her leg.

Doney said Shaw chased down the car despite minor injuries and climbed back in. The car came to a halt on the lawn outside the police department's temporary headquarters at the old library.

Shaw was treated at the scene by Mercy Flights paramedics. She was cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on the DUII charge and was released to a relative, Doney said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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