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  • Man cited after hitting house with his vehicle

  • A Medford man was cited on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants Friday morning after his van accelerated across a busy street, crashed through a fence and struck a house.
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  • A Medford man was cited on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants Friday morning after his van accelerated across a busy street, crashed through a fence and struck a house.
    The house sustained only exterior damage and the three people inside weren't injured, Medford police said.
    The van's driver, Douglas Eugene Hayes, 48, was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the crash and suffered minor injuries, police said in a news release. An ambulance took him to Providence Medford Medical Center, but hospital officials didn't have a record of him being admitted.
    Medford police were called to the crash in the 2900 block of Crater Lake Avenue at 9:51 a.m. Friday.
    They determined the van had been going on Bradbury Street when the driver appeared to pass out, the news release said. The van accelerated and crossed Crater Lake Avenue, missing cross traffic and crashing through a fence before coming to rest against the wall of a house.
    Officers at the scene noticed Hayes showed signs of intoxication, which were possibly due to a controlled substance, police said in the release. Further investigation revealed that Hayes was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash, police said.
    He was cited and released on charges of DUII, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Police said Hayes' driver's license was suspended because of other traffic crimes, including a past DUII.
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