The Ashland Police Department has investigated two drunk driving crashes in the last three days that have resulted in damage to publicly owned property.
On April 9, 2022, at approximately 12:04 a.m. a Medford resident named Tramon Mitchell, 24 years old, crashed his vehicle into the median park area at the south end of downtown Ashland. The investigation indicated that Mitchell had been travelling at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate the turn from Siskiyou Blvd onto E. Main, left the road and collided with a tree. The tree was snapped at its base. This is a tree that has historically been part of Ashland’s Festival of Lights event each winter. Mitchell was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving.
On April 11, 2022, at approximately 7:46 p.m. an Ashland resident named Nicoa Cline, 31 years old, crashed his vehicle into the Lithia Park sign near the front entrance to the park. The investigation indicated that Cline was travelling through the plaza at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate the turn onto Winbrun Way, left the road, colliding with the sign, as well as a light pole and a tree. Cline’s vehicle almost struck a person who was standing near the Lithia Park sign. An off-duty law enforcement officer detained Cline, who tried to flee the scene, until APD officers arrived a short time later. Cline was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, and Criminal Mischief.
All members of the community are reminded to not drive under the influence of alcohol or any substances, legal or illegal. Doing so puts lives at risk.
Courtesy of APD