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Man Causes Accident, Takes Officers on Low-Speed Chase

Christopher Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, civil litigation attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.
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An elderly man led a Port Townsend police officer on an interesting chase Wednesday after he caused a multi-vehicle accident on State Route 20 near Port Townsend. According to reports, the 85-year-old Oak Harbor man was headed eastbound on SR 20 when he rear-ended a Ford Focus that was stopped in a line of cars behind a street sweeper at approximately 3:15 p.m. The initial collision then caused the Focus to crash into the car in front of it.

The driver of the Focus was attempting to call 911 to report the accident when she noticed the man beginning to drive away. Port Townsend police officer Luke Bogues was responding to the accident when he noticed the elderly man’s GMC SUV driving away from the scene. Bogues turned around and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the man continued to drive at approximately 12 mph.

Bogues eventually cut the man off and forced him to stop along the highway. The man refused to exit the vehicle and officers were forced to physically remove him, and he was taken to Jefferson Healthcare shortly after to be treated for his injuries. Port Townsend police say he is being investigated on charges of DUI and hit-and-run.

Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics

  • Hit-and-run accidents account for one out of every five pedestrians that are killed in the United States.
  • 18 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities are pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle.

Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys in Seattle

Davis Law Group helps hit-and-run accident victims recover financial compensation for their injuries and lost wages. We work closely with the criminal prosecutor to make sure that all avenues, both criminal and civil, are being pursued. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, contact Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000.
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