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  • Car slams into house; man arrested

    Ex-girlfriend is injured; police say the alleged DUII incident 'could have been much worse'
  • A Medford man allegedly rammed his car through his ex-girlfriend's bedroom wall Tuesday morning while intoxicated, police said.
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  • A Medford man allegedly rammed his car through his ex-girlfriend's bedroom wall Tuesday morning while intoxicated, police said.
    The 21-year-old woman and the former couple's two children were asleep inside the room when 20-year-old Matthew Joseph Olivares allegedly slammed a 2006 Acura sedan into the outside wall of the bedroom shortly after 4 a.m., injuring his ex-girlfriend, said Medford Police Department Lt. Mike Budreau.
    Budreau said Olivares was allegedly driving the black sedan at a high rate of speed, at least over 50 mph, southbound on Wabash Avenue before smashing into the house, which sits on the corner of where the avenue bends east and becomes Stevens Street.
    The children, ages 1 and 2, were not injured, Budreau said.
    "He struck the tree, which deflected a lot of that energy ... had he struck the house without any obstructions, it would have been much worse," Budreau said.
    The bed the woman slept on stood just a few feet on the other side of the wall into which Olivares allegedly careened the car, Budreau said.
    Investigators believe the crash was intentional, Budreau said. Olivares, of the 1800 block of East Barnett Road, was lodged Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangering, jail records show. His bail is set at $2.03 million.
    "We believe that he was upset over the breakup, but we're not sure what his exact motivations were," Budreau said. "Do we think it was accidental that his girlfriend breaks up with him and then he happens to drive his car into her home, into the exact bedroom of her home where she was sleeping? No we don't think that's a coincidence."
    Budreau said the couple had been split up for about two weeks.
    The collision knocked the home off its foundation, according to an MPD news release, and Olivares, who appeared intoxicated at the scene, was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with minor injuries before he was taken to jail.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or by email at swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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