GOLD BAR — Four people were hospitalized Sunday night after a driver reportedly ran his truck into two parked cars along U.S. 2 and then tried to get away.
A Mill Creek man, 43, was arrested for investigation of DUI, vehicular assault and hit-and-run.
Around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, the man was driving westbound on the highway when he reportedly hit the rear of a 2019 Honda Fit hatchback parked on the westbound shoulder, near Fir Road. The parked vehicle flipped upside-down, according to a report from the Washington State Patrol.
Another parked vehicle there was also hit, a 2009 Honda CR-V. No one was inside. The suspect was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado.
None of the four people inside the hatchback was wearing a seat belt. A 15-year-old boy from Maple Valley was in the driver’s seat, the state patrol said.
He and a 61-year-old Kent man were transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. One had a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a bleeding spleen. The other person’s injuries were not reported.
The other two passengers were transported to EvergreenHealth Monroe. One sustained a broken arm and the other had a broken collarbone. They are 30 and 32 years old, but no other identifying details were given.
The Mill Creek man allegedly drove away and into a neighborhood, parked and hid behind his vehicle. Someone who lived nearby saw him and called 911. A witness to the crash followed the suspect to the neighborhood and identified him for officers.
“On first contact with the driver I immediately smelled the odor of intoxicants,” a trooper wrote.
Eventually, the suspect blew into a breathalyzer that showed his alcohol level was over the legal limit. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.