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Crash into Medford medical building was intentional, police say

Medford police say a 1994 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup crashed into a Providence Medford Medical Center building adjacent to the hspital Friday afternoon was intentional, but that the driver was having a mental health crisis. Medford police photo.
Police believe the driver was having a mental health crisis during the crash

Medford police say that a crash into a building on the Providence Medford Medical Center campus was intentional, but are focusing on getting the driver mental health treatment ahead of pending criminal charges.

At 12:29 p.m. Friday, a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup crashed into the north front doors of a building at 1698 East McAndrews Road that is adjacent to the hospital, according to a release Friday evening from Medford police.

Once inside the sliding glass doors, the truck drove 110 feet along the building’s front entrance hallway before stopping at the elevator.

No injuries were reported in the crash, according to Medford police, but the release describes damage as extensive.

A search of the address shows that the building contains medical suites for specialists in the fields of cardiology, family practice, urogynecology and surgery preparation.

Medford police have not yet identified the driver because they believe the driver was having a mental health crisis at the time of the crash, so police have connected him with “appropriate care.”

Criminal charges are pending. Police routinely wait until a suspect is released from a hospital before taking a suspect into custody.

Medford police provided this map photo showing where the Friday crash into the medical building on the Providence Medford Medical Center campus occurred. Medford police photo.