Driver arrested for DUI, hit and run following four car crash

(KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

A hit and run accident shut down part of the intersection of Hwy. 62 and Vilas Road during rush hour Thursday night.

Police received word of a driver driving erratically just after 6 p.m. The driver then caused a crash involving four vehicles.

According to police, the driver left the scene. He was found 15 minutes later and was arrested for DUI.

Fire District Three said no major injuries were reported. Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, including a two month old baby.

Medford Police have not yet released the name of the driver.

The intersection has since been reopened.

Aside from the DUI crash, two other accidents were reported at about the same time Thursday night.

Police responded to another crash on McAndrews Road, plus a pedestrian struck by a vehicle off of Ross Lane.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital, but police could not comment on his condition.

According to MPD Sgt. Geoff Kirkpatrick, weather is partly to blame.

"Weather was probably a factor in the other two [crashes], along with traffic and speed," he said. "If we have anything to say to people during the holiday season, during the bad weather, during rush hour traffic-- it's slow down."

Sgt. Kirkpatrick says the department tends to see an increase in accidents during the holiday season in general.

He says that's not just due to weather, but also people drinking and driving following holiday celebrations.

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