Police: Woman with BAC at 0.55 arrested

(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

Medford woman arrested on multiple charges and nearly striking two pedestrians on Tuesday.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office says they received a call around 9:37 a.m. from a driver following a 2012 Mercedez Benz SUV that nearly stuck two people walking on Kings Highway near Garfield Highway. The driver continued to follow the Benz to provide dispatch with updates.

The driver of the Benz identified as 39-year-old Diane Marie Wilcox continued to drive to her home in the 4900-block of Pioneer Rd. Witnesses told deputies that she driven past her driveway, into a ditch, back into the roadway, around her driveway entrance, and then struck garbage cans on the side of the road.

Witnesses were able to contain Wilcox until deputies could arrive.

JCSO say Wilcox was not injured in the crash but was taken Rogue Regional Medical Center due to being extremely intoxicated. At the hospital, her blood alcohol level was determined to be at 0.55 percent.

Wilcox was cited and released so she could receive medical treatment.

She is charged with DUII-alcohol, driving while suspended license, reckless driving, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, driving uninsured, failure to drive within a lane, and driving with an open container of alcohol.

JCSO later determined that Wilcox had driven from her home to Taco Bell on Center Drive and then returned home.

Deputies are asking for the public's help to identify the people nearly hit by Wilcox. They are described as an older couple wearing dark clothing and walking two medium-size dogs northbound on Kings Highway about 100 yards from Garfield Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the JCSO Tipline at 541-774-8333.

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