Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A Washington State Trooper was involved in a three-vehicle accident Nov. 10 at approximately 10:09 a.m. on State Route 14 just west of Beacon Rock.
According to the report, Trooper Dale Johnson was eastbound on SR 14, attempting to overtake a violator. A 2000 Peterbilt truck (commercial combination), driven by Jerry D. Schultz, 38, Woodland, was westbound on SR 14. Trooper Johnson's patrol car was rounding a gradual curve to the right when his vehicle began to rotate crossing the center line and striking the double trailers of the commercial combination. The patrol vehicle then struck a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Bryan L. Fickett, 40, Washougal, which was also heading westbound. Both the patrol vehicle and the Ford Explorer came to rest in a drainage ditch on the westbound shoulder.
Trooper Johnson suffered a scrape on his left leg. Fickett suffered from lower back discomfort.
All drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
A Portland man was transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, following a two-vehicle accident on SR 97 at milepost 2.5.
The accident occurred on Nov. 10, at approximately 11:30 a.m.
According to the report, 75-year-old John Man, Portland, was traveling southbound on SR 97 when his 1994 Toyota spun out, causing the vehicle to cross the center line. It then struck a northbound 2001 Peterbilt truck driven by Alvin T. Ames, 43, Selah. The Toyota rotated to the south and came to rest in the southbound lane facing north.
Ames was not injured in the accident.
Both men were wearing seatbelts.
The driver of a stolen vehicle allegedly attempted to run over a Skamania County Sheriff's Deputy Sunday night during a contact on the west end of Skamania County.
Allen Ray Hall, 26, no known address, was attempting to leave the scene of the contact at SR 14 and Salmon Falls Road when he aimed the stolen vehicle at the sheriff's deputy and accelerated. The deputy attempted to disable the vehicle by firing his weapon at the front tire of the vehicle.
Sgt. Arne Gonser had responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Sgt. Gonser made contact with a vehicle matching the description given. A check of the license plate revealed that vehicle was stolen from the Vancouver area. Neither occupant was able to produce identification but did provide names and dates of birth.
While attempting to conduct a computer check of the individuals, the female passenger exited the vehicle and the driver, Hall, started the motor and began to leave the scene. Sgt. Gonser positioned himself to the side of the vehicle and ordered Hall to stop. Hall refused to obey the deputy and turned the vehicle toward him and accelerated.
A pursuit ensued north on Salmon Falls Road. Upon cresting the hill on the road, Sgt. Gonser observed the vehicle ahead of him. The vehicle was rolling backwards across Salmon Falls Road and came to rest off the roadway near a creek. Hall had failed to negotiate a sharp curve and then fled the vehicle.
A K-9 unit from the Clark County Sheriff's Office was dispatched. Approximately an hour later, the K-9 and his handler deputy Brian Ellithorpe, along with Skamania County Deputy Christian Lyle, discovered Hall lying in the woods a short distance from the vehicle.
He was arrested and transported to the Skamania County Jail where he was booked on charges of first degree assault, attempting to elude, and possession of stolen property.
Skamania County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the incident.