The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is seeking witnesses of a Tuesday car crash caused by a driver whose blood alcohol content allegedly was nearly seven times the legal limit.
Deputies cited and released Diane Marie Wilcox, 39, so she could receive medical treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center following a crash in the 4900 block of Pioneer Road, according to a media release. She faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended, reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangerment.
Police received a call at 9:37 a.m. from a driver on South Stage Road near South Columbus Avenue who was following a silver 2012 Mercedes Benz SUV that allegedly had struck garbage cans on the side of the road. The vehicle then nearly struck an elderly couple walking two dogs on Kings Highway near Garfield Street, the sheriff's office said.
Wilcox drove past her driveway and into a ditch, then backed out into the roadway around her driveway entrance, where she struck more garbage cans, the release said. Passersby were able to stop Wilcox from driving until police arrived.
Wilcox was not injured in the crash, but was transported to RRMC because of her level of intoxication, police said. Her blood alcohol content measured 0.55 percent at the hospital, the release said. Deputies later learned she had driven from her home to the Taco Bell on Center Drive, and had been returning home.
Court records show Wilcox was convicted in May 2017 of first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mistreatment after stealing from an elderly woman in 2013 and 2014.
Anyone with information about the case, including the identities of the people who were almost struck, is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at 541-774-8333.