Central Point police arrested a 32-year-old man for driving under the influence after his Subaru allegedly plowed into Dan’s Muffler at 910 South Front Street Sunday afternoon.
Mark G. Avmanerill, unknown address, was taken into custody on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, failing to perform the duties of a driver, disorderly conduct and hit and run. He hadn’t been lodged in Jackson County Jail late Sunday and no bail had been set.
Central Point police Lt. Scott Logue estimated the building may have sustained about $30,000 in damage.
The owners, who declined to be interviewed, expressed shock at the damage, which caved in their roll-up door and twisted the metal and front of the building. They planned to seal up the front of the building Sunday, otherwise it would be open to intruders.
Logue said skid marks indicated the Subaru may have been attempting a U-turn, when it jumped the sidewalk and a small planter strip before ramming the front of the building on Highway 99 near Beall Lane.
When officers arrived at the scene, the Subaru had already left the scene but was found in another part of Central Point.
According to police reports, witnesses reported seeing a male assaulting another male in the area of Highway 99 and Maple Street at 4:41 p.m. A male suspect fled the scene in the white Subaru, heading southbound on Highway 99. Minutes later witness accounts to officers reported the same vehicle fleeing the scene of Dan’s Muffler after striking the front of the building.
Officers investigating the reported assault observed the Subaru driving on Cherry Street with significant front-end damage. The officers stopped the vehicle and later made the arrest.
The reported assault is still under investigation.