Police: Man crashes into the Rogue River, arrested on DUII

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Highly intoxicated driver crashes into the Rogue River. (KTVL/Mike Marut)

A man is arrested on multiple charges after he crashed into the Rogue River on Tuesday night.

Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says around 10:33 p.m. officers responded to a vehicle in the Rogue River.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Mason Gustafson of Grants Pass, had been driving at a high rate of speed on Southwest 5th Street when he crashed through a fence and into the Rogue River.

Officers say its unclear if Gustafson was ejected from the vehicle or if he was able to exit the vehicle on his own. He was found walking around the car when they arrived.

Gustafson was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief. He is currently lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

According to Dep. Chief Jim Hamilton from Grants Pass Police, nobody suffered any injuries in the crash, including Gustafson.

Hamilton says investigators will be looking into the role of speed and alcohol in the crash.

"We believe there are probably two factors that we're looking at here. one is the intoxication impairment level the other one is speed," Hamilton says. "It appears to be a factor as well. We're going to be looking at both of those, but bottom line is don't drink and drive."

Gustafson drove a Mercedes down SW 5th Street before hitting the ballards in front of the outlook over the Rogue River. Gustafson crashed through a chain link fence and another metal fence before the car careened down the embankment about 150 feet before landing in the middle of the Rogue River.

Crews did not remove the car immediately due to lack of visibility at the time of the crash and so waited until Wednesday morning to remove the car.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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