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Medford Man Facing Multiple Charges Following DUII-Related Injury Crash with Phoenix Police Officer
07/05/2010
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police -  Central Point
(541) 776-6114 ext. 288

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A Phoenix police officer received minor injuries Sunday evening when his patrol vehicle was hit nearly head-on on Fern Valley Road west of Interstate 5. Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating the crash at the request of the Phoenix Police Department.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on July 4, 2010 at approximately 10:11 p.m. a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer driven by ELEAZAR RODAS-FERRERA, age 35, from Medford, was westbound on Fern Valley Road crossing the bridge that goes over Bear Creek. A Phoenix police vehicle operated by AARON HULL, age 30, was eastbound across the same bridge.
 
RODAS-FARRERA'S vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane on the bridge and hit the Phoenix police car nearly head-on. RODAS-FARRERA was transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center where he is being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.
 
HULL received minor injuries and went to Rogue Valley Medical Center where he was treated. Also in the Phoenix police car was KENNETH HULL, age 55, from Phoenix, who was participating in civilian ride along with his son, Officer HULL. KENNETH HULL received minor injuries but was not transported for medical attention.
 
All involved parties were wearing safety restraints. Officer HULL is a five year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. Any questions regarding Officer HULL should be directed to the Phoenix Police Department.
 
RODAS-FARRERA was cited and released at Rogue Valley Medical Center for the following charges:
  • Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Reckless Driving
  • Four Counts of Reckless Endangering
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Phoenix Police Department, Talent Police Department, Jackson County Fire District 5, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Fern Valley Road was closed for about two hours while troopers completed the investigation.