After police arrest dad, boy says this crash wasn’t as bad

The hit-and-run suspect allegedly carried his two sons from the scene near Marysville.

MARYSVILLE — A driver in a hit-and-run crash pulled his two sons from a car and left injured people behind at the scene this week east of Marysville, according to police reports filed Wednesday.

The suspect was tracked down two days later by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies.

A Ford Expedition rear-ended a westbound Toyota Camry that had stopped to turn left around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The location was the 11400 block of 84th Street NE, court papers say. The collision pushed the Toyota into the path of an eastbound Honda Accord. The Honda and Toyota slammed into a ditch. The Ford continued for 30 feet in the westbound lane.

A passenger in the Toyota suffered injuries to her head and face. The driver of the Honda was injured, too. Both were taken to a local hospital.

Meanwhile, witnesses reported the Ford driver got out, grabbed two crying children from his SUV and walked away.

Deputies arrived and looked in the Ford. On a front seat, a cup had spilled ice and what smelled like alcohol across the interior, according to police reports. A mound of mail and garbage filled the passenger seat. Court papers say the envelopes were addressed to a Stanwood man, 37.

Two days later, deputies tracked down the suspected driver’s mother at her home, near Stanwood, about 20 miles northwest of the crash scene. She told officers her son had two boys, and that the only people driving that SUV were her son and his girlfriend. Deputies called him, and convinced him to come to his mother’s house. He was arrested.

Court records show the man had four convictions for driving under the influence — in 1998, 2006, July 2007 and August 2007. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2016, when he was charged with a felony DUI in Snohomish, but he never showed up for a court date. That warrant was still active this week, and his license had been suspended.

Deputies booked the man into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.

A deputy spoke with the man’s young sons, who were inside their grandma’s home playing video games, according to the police reports. One boy had a mark in the shape of a seat belt across his neck. He said he was scared by the crash, but he’d hit his head in another crash before, and this one wasn’t as bad. The other boy said he’d been scared, too, but he wasn’t hurt, court papers say. The boys were told they’d be staying with their grandmother.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

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