A 24-year-old Medford parolee is in Jackson County Jail after allegedly eluding police Sunday morning in his vehicle and then hitting a van on Riverside Avenue causing it to tip over and ram into a light pole, sending three to the hospital.
Adrian Alex Enriquez is being held on $55,000 bail for a parole violation for eluding, three charges of assault, four charges of reckless endangering and one charge of reckless driving.
Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, a Medford police officer attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of Fourth and Apple streets in Medford near the Lithia headquarters.
According to police, the suspect vehicle quickly changed into a clear lane and eluded the officer traveling eastbound on Fourth.
A block later, the suspect vehicle ran a red light at Fourth and Riverside, hitting the van traveling northbound on Riverside. Two of the four people in the suspect vehicle were rushed to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to police.
With the van on its side the driver had to be extricated by Medford Fire-Rescue and was transported to a local hospital with injuries that weren't life threatening, according to police.
Medford Fire Battalion Chief Erin Sawall said it took 52 minutes to cut away metal before they could remove the driver from the van.
The vehicle was pinned into the light pole for the intersection," Sawall said. "The light pole penetrated through the windshield and the dashboard crushed down on the driver."
Even though the driver was in such a precarious position, Sawall said he remained calm while fire crews worked their way towards him and tried to stabilize the van. They eventually pulled him out the back of the van while they worked slowly and methodically to cut away metal all around him.
When fire crews first arrive they rescued a frightened dog from the back of the van. The dog was shaken up but appeared otherwise in good condition, Sawall said.
"He (the dog) was scared," he said. I won't lie — he bit some of our guys but it didn't penetrate the skin."
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