Driver jumps from truck in Lynnwood, leaving son to crash

The boy was taken to a local hospital with minor scrapes. His father is in the Snohomish County Jail.

LYNNWOOD — A boy was taken to a local hospital after his father abandoned the driver’s seat of a moving box truck and jumped out of the cab near I-5 in Lynnwood, according to police reports.

The Mountlake Terrace man, 36, was arrested for investigation of hit-and-run, DUI, reckless endangerment and abandonment of a dependent person.

He was driving on 164th Street SW toward the southbound onramp of the freeway around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he reportedly jumped out of the white Ford truck. It rolled down a 5- to 10-foot embankment with the child inside, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

The man allegedly fled. His ex-wife, who was in another vehicle, saw him running. She drove him back to the crash scene. Police arrived soon after.

“I asked him why he had done that,” the trooper wrote. “He stated he was out of his mind.”

The suspect reportedly smelled of marijuana, slurred his speech and had watery, droopy eyes. He admitted to smoking earlier that day and agreed to perform a field sobriety test.

“As I directed him he gently collapsed himself to the ground,” the report said. “He stated his back hurt from the incident.”

The boy, whose age was not released, had minor scrapes and was transported to Swedish Edmonds.

His father was also taken to the hospital and later booked into the Snohomish County Jail, where he remained Wednesday.

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