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Man pursues trash-can smasher

A woman with two prior drunken driving convictions faces charges alleging she was close to twice the legal limit Wednesday when she drove 13 miles — from White City to Medford — after hitting a trash can.

At 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies stopped Aubrey Danielle Fitzgerald, 32, who was driving a 1994 Volvo, near the intersection of Biddle Road and Cirrus Drive, according to a release from the sheriff’s office, some 13 miles from where she allegedly struck a trash can in the 6100 block of Beagle Road in White City.

The owner of the trash can reportedly called 911 and followed Fitzgerald, telling dispatchers that the Volvo was driving erratically toward Table Rock Road.

Police stopped Fitzgerald nine minutes after the 911 call, because the trailing property owner let police know her precise location.

Fitzgerald was arraigned Thursday for driving under the influence, hit-and-run and driving while suspended or revoked.

Court records show Fitzgerald has prior misdemeanor DUII convictions stemming from arrests in September 2017 and April 2018, and she faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended or revoked after she was pulled over in September.

Fitzgerald remained held in the Jackson County Jail on Friday on $20,000 bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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