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Chevelle driver allegedly was DUII

On Wednesday I was driving on Foothill Boulevard when I saw some Rogue River police officers searching a beautiful Chevy Chevelle. The car looked like it had been in some sort of crash and was just sitting in the road with no driver present. I love old muscle cars and am wondering what was going on with the Chevelle?

— David S., Rogue River

Oh, David, therein lies a tale.

That 1966 Chevelle had quite an adventure Wednesday, what with its driver allegedly hitting several cars before being arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run, according to Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis.

The excitement began after Rogue River police received a call at 4:37 p.m. that a suspected drunk driver was spotted in the area of East Evans Creek Road. Before police could reach the area, they received a second call that the driver steered the Chevelle into a Dodge Dakota pickup parked at the intersection of West Evans Creek Road and Foothill Boulevard. Two of the four occupants of the pickup received minor injuries.

The Chevelle then headed down Foothill Boulevard toward Grants Pass. Lewis said he finally caught up with the Chevelle after it became stalled in the 4200 block of Foothill Boulevard.

The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Mindy Marie Gates of Medford, was taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, where she was treated for minor injuries.

After leaving the hospital, Gates was taken to the Jackson County Jail, where she was lodged on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving with a suspended license, hit-and-run and reckless endangerment. In addition, she had two warrants for failure to appear at a DUII hearing and another for a parole violation stemming from her release from the Santiam Correctional Facility.

The Chevelle was towed away after receiving a good beating.

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