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Driver faces string of charges after car lands atop barrier

An allegedly intoxicated driver of a 1973 Chevy Camaro faces a string of charges after his muscle car landed atop a concrete barrier in a high-speed crash early Sunday and his passenger had to crawl out the window and call 9-1-1.

Five minutes after midnight Sunday, a man called to report a car crash with injuries on North Berkeley Way. He told police dispatchers that he had climbed out of the car, which was high centered on a concrete barrier just north of Spring Street, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Officers found the green Camaro — its front end smashed and its rear wheels dangling far above the ground — on the barrier in an open space.

"He had been traveling at a high rate of speed," Doney said.

The passenger, Nicholas Lee Burris, 23, was sitting on a nearby curb talking on his cell phone with dispatchers. The driver, Danny Cledus Clouse, 40, of the 1100 block of Tabby Lane, Medford, was trapped inside the car.

Gas was leaking from the damaged car as emergency crews freed Clouse, Doney said.

Police said Burris and Clouse were taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Clouse was cited and released on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another, second-degree assault and driving with a suspended license.

— Anita Burke

Police found Danny Clouse's car atop a barrier in an open space off Spring Street in Medford early Sunday. They cited him on several charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants. - Photo from Medford police