Oregon State Police troopers arrested a Medford-area man Sunday night after he crashed his station wagon as a Shady Cove police officer was attempting to move into position to stop it on Highway 62 about one mile south of Shady Cove. Two 16-year old female passengers were injured in the alcohol-related crash.
On Oct.7, at approximately 9:32 p.m. Shady Cove Police Officer Scott
Waldon observed a 1987 Gray Chevrolet Cavalier traveling at a high rate
of speed southbound on Highway 62 through the city limits. As Officer
Waldon was attempting to overtake the vehicle, driver Charles Anthony
Mott, Jr., age 23, from Medford, sped away at a high rate of speed.
Before Officer Waldon could initiate a traffic stop on Mott’s vehicle,
it lost control while negotiating a left curve and went off the west
side of the highway.
A right rear passenger in the station
wagon identified as Allyson Grodina, age 16, from Central Point, was
ejected. Grodina and right front passenger Amanda Widener, age 16,
from Central Point, were transported to Providence Hospital in Medford
for treatment of serious injuries.
Mott was also
transported to Providence Hospital where he was treated, released and
then taken into custody by Oregon State Police Troopers. Mott was
lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
Assault in the Third Degree
Assault in the Fourth Degree
Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended
Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (2 counts) The crash completely closed Highway 62 for approximately one hour and traffic was open to one lane for an additional two hours.
State Police Troopers from the Central Point Area Command were assisted
at the scene by Shady Cove Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s
Office, Shady Cove Fire District, Mercy Flights Ground Ambulance,
Jackson County District Attorneys Office and ODOT.