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Grants Pass In-N-Out Burger sign damaged in crash

Raul Oscar Ortiz was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after a Thursday morning crash that knocked down a sign at In-N-Out Burger in Grants Pass. [Grants Pass police photo]

A Selma man is in jail in the wake of a suspected impaired driving crash in north Grants Pass that left an In-N-Out Burger sign down-and-out.

Raul Oscar Ortiz, 41, was arrested on a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of intoxicants accusing him of crashing his 2008 Honda Civic coupe into the sign at Northeast Seventh Street and Northeast Morgan Lane at 1:44 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release issued by Grants Pass police Friday.

No one was seriously injured in the crash. Police said the Honda narrowly missed the burger chain’s drive-thru lane.

Ortiz was being held Friday in the Josephine County Jail on $10,000 bail.

The Thursday morning crash was not the first time an iconic Grants Pass sign was damaged by a Honda in the past year.

In December, a 1997 Honda Accord struck the “Redwood Empire” sign near the Caveman Bridge.

At 9:22 a.m. Dec. 18, Lewis Bartholomew reportedly reached for a cup of coffee that was tipping over while he traveled south on Southwest Sixth Street, according to a citation for careless driving.

The Honda Accord left the roadway at the Riverside Inn entrance and struck a curb, which catapulted the car into the sign. Police found no signs of intoxication, and said that Bartholomew cooperated with the crash investigation.

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