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  • Medford police car damaged in crash

  • Medford police officer Arturo Vega was driving to assist another officer who had spotted a stolen car at a west Medford Taco Bell Wednesday when he collided with another driver.
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  • Medford police officer Arturo Vega was driving to assist another officer who had spotted a stolen car at a west Medford Taco Bell Wednesday when he collided with another driver.
    There were no injuries, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    Budreau said Vega was driving westbound on West Main Street in the left lane with overhead lights on at around 7:30 p.m. As Vega attempted to pass a car, the driver of the car in the right line attempted a left turn onto Washington Street. The police car veered to the left in an attempt to avoid collision, but ultimately the front of the police car struck the side of the car attempting to turn left.
    The police car continued up the sidewalk, striking a curb and coming to a stop in the front yard of a house at 1417 W. Main St.
    The car did not strike any landscaping.
    The car will be out of commission and Budreau said the police department will be getting an assessment on the repair cost.
    "Both cars are definitely heavily damaged," Budreau said.
    Another police officer responded to the scene and the driver was cited for an improper turn.
    Update 3:45 p.m. The driver has been identified as 24-year-old Medford resident Shubin Bradley. He was driving a 2003 Pontiac Vibe.
    Vega did not make it the stolen car stop at Taco Bell.
    — Kelsey Thomas
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