Man arrested near Lake Ballinger after town car hit-and-run

The driver had fled on foot but was found, covered in leaves, by a police dog.

EDMONDS — A white town car struck a man and another vehicle Saturday night and kept going. The driver later was found wandering and covered in leaves.

The chaos prompted a series of calls to 911.

A man called for help shortly before 8 p.m. His car was rear-ended near Highway 99 and 238th Street SW. The fleeing town car, despite heavy front damage, pushed east.

An Everett man who was nearby heard the metal crunch. He walked toward the intersection to see if anyone was hurt, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The town car, with its headlights turned off, sped toward him. A broken front bumper that hung off the left side of the car clipped the pedestrian’s leg.

He limped up to an officer and told him what happened.

Down the road, a bystander reported a damaged white car heading toward Lake Ballinger.

The caller watched the driver, 63, park and get out of the car. He appeared to be under the influence, according to court documents. He headed south toward 74th Avenue West.

A police dog tracked him down. Police said the driver was found covered in vegetation, as if he had fallen.

The injured pedestrian reportedly identified the man as the town car driver.

Officers arrested him for investigation of hit-and-run. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail. He posted $5,000 bail on Tuesday afternoon.

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