A 39-year-old Ashland man allegedly hit four parked cars while driving intoxicated before crashing his car in a ditch Wednesday, Sept. 19.
According to Deputy Police Chief Warren Hensman, police officers responded to a call of a hit and run at the corner of Wightman Street and Iowa Street. The subject, Curtis Bartlett, allegedly sideswiped a vehicle there with his Toyota.
While the officers were responding to that call, another call came in with the information that a similar vehicle hit a second vehicle near 1524 Siskiyou Blvd., left the scene and then crashed in a ditch near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue, near Mobile Madness Cell Phone Repair at approximately 6:06 p.m.
Hensman said it was clear to the officers the man was intoxicated so they initiated a DUII investigation.
Upon further investigation, officers learned that Bartlett struck two other vehicles prior to crashing the car.
Ashland Fire and Rescue also appeared on scene to tend to Bartlett’s injuries.
“Because of the crash Mr. Bartlett was in, he was taken to the emergency room and that’s where officers continued the investigation,” Hensman said.
Hensman said the officers issued Bartlett citations in lieu of arrest so that he could receive care.
“It’s the same thing,” Hensman said. “You can be arrested physically and also via a citation.”
Bartlett was cited with reckless endangerment, DUII and four counts of hit and run.
He has since been released from the hospital.
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