DUII Suspected in Hit-and-Run Crash (Photo)
WHITE CITY, Ore. – Quick sharing of information and some good timing led to the arrest of a White City woman after a hit-and-run crash Wednesday evening. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies say Aubrey Danielle Fitzgerald, 32, was driving on Beagle Road when she struck a garbage can on a residential driveway and drove away. A deputy located her driving near the Medford Airport minutes later.
“The driver was able to cover 13 miles from the point of the crash until she was stopped,” said JCSO Sgt. Julie Denney. “We’re glad nobody was hurt in the meantime.”
On November 28, 2018, at 7:11 p.m., a resident in the 6100-block of Beagle Road witnessed the suspect vehicle veer to the edge of the roadway and strike his garbage can, knocking it several feet up his driveway. The driver continued driving south without stopping.
The property owner followed the vehicle south on Antioch Road and called 911. He provided a description of the vehicle and reported that it was driving erratically toward Table Rock Road.
While one deputy responded to the scene, another deputy located the suspect vehicle 13 miles from the crash site, just nine minutes after the 911 call. He stopped the white 1994 Volvo sedan for a traffic violation on Biddle Road near Cirrus Drive. The deputy found the driver, Fitzgerald, to be impaired by alcohol and he placed her under arrest.
Fitzgerald was lodged in jail on the following charges: driving under the influence of intoxicants; driving while suspended – misdemeanor; failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged (hit and run). Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.14% at the jail.
Sgt. Denney urges citizens to call 911 to make a report right away if they suspect an impaired driver on the roadway.
“The caller in this case was able to provide good information to dispatch so we knew what to look for,” said Sgt. Denney. “And fortunately the deputy was in the right place, at the right time, to find the car and stop the driver from going any farther.”