Police: Drunk man woke up in van he stole

    Jared Mason Irons

    Medford resident Jared Mason Irons called 911 at 6:04 a.m. to report that he had woken up in a van and didn’t know where he was.

    The situation got even worse for the highly intoxicated Irons when police found him along North Mountain Avenue in Ashland and charged him with stealing the van.

    Those allegations were outlined in a probable cause affidavit by Ashland police detailing the circumstances of Irons’ arrest May 19.

    At 5:22 a.m. earlier that day, a delivery van for Village Baker of Ashland was stolen while a delivery was taking place at Ashland Food Co-op, according to the affidavit.

    A witness said the suspect was a white adult male wearing blue jeans and a purple shirt.

    About 40 minutes later, the 911 call came in from Irons and police identified his location on North Mountain Avenue, according to the affidavit.

    The van was about two miles from the Ashland Food Co-op.

    “I contacted Irons, who was highly intoxicated and said he did not know how he got in the van. Irons was wearing jeans and a purple shirt,” the officer who spoke to Irons wrote in the affidavit.

    Irons submitted to a breath test and had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent — more than twice the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit.

    Irons was released from the Jackson County Jail on his own recognizance May 21.

    He was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

    Irons, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, court records show.

    He was convicted in 2015 of driving without insurance, according to court records.

    Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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