MONROE — A Monroe police officer immediately recognized the car involved in an alleged hit and run Monday night.
He’d just arrested the driver for investigation of driving under the influence three hours earlier.
When the Sultan man, 26, was first arrested, he was not booked into jail.
Around 7 p.m. Monday, police were called to reports of the hit and run at the intersection of Chain Lake Road and Tjerne Place. The suspect had reportedly blown through a red light in his Ford Explorer, police wrote, and crashed into a Ford F-150. He then drove off. Officers detained the suspect when he came to a stop due to a flat tire on the Explorer.
The driver of the F-150 suffered a bruise and a large bump on her head, but declined to go to the hospital.
Police arrested the suspect — and this time booked him into the jail in Everett. An officer suspected he was under the influence of intoxicants other than alcohol, police wrote.
Officers are not required to book a person into jail if it’s a first DUI offense in a 10-year period, Monroe police Cmdr. Paul Ryan said.
“At that point, it’s really agency and officer discretion whether we would book somebody into jail on a first offense,” Ryan said. “… I can’t put the dots together as to when he returned to his vehicle, but obviously he was driving it again.”
The suspect remained in custody Thursday at the Snohomish County Jail with bail set at $10,000.