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Police: DUII driver flips pickup, trailer - cats taken for safe keeping

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A California man was charged with DUII Friday afternoon after crashing his truck off of Interstate 5 about a half mile from the north Medford interchange,  state police said.

Michael Griley, 52 of Escondido, CA, was driving his 2005 Nissan Titan pickup  northbound on Interstate 5 with a 30-foot travel trailer in tow.

Just after noon Griley told police that he swerved to miss a black trash bag in the left lane near milepost 30. 

Official said that the man lost control, causing both pickup and trailer rolled onto the passenger side.

The truck came to a stop in the grassy center median, partially blocking the left lane.

Michael and his 49-year-old wife Wendy were taken to Providence Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Animal control took the couple's two cats from the trailer for safekeeping, state police said.

Police cited Griley for driving under the influence of intoxicants. He is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Court for those charges.

The northbound lanes and one southbound lane were blocked for over an hour as crews cleared the truck and trailer from the road, police said.

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