Oregon Drunk Driver Flees Scene After Crash

Oregon Drunk Driver Flees Scene After Crash
Oregon Drunk Driver Flees Scene After Crash

On June 19, 2012 at around 10 p.m., Michelle Richards, 44, was driving southbound on Highway 97 when she rear ended another vehicle, causing it to skid off the road and into some nearby pine trees. The car she rear ended was a Toyota Tacoma driven by 25 year old Casey Howland. Police say that after the initial impact, Richards’ Hyundai Sonata spun off the northbound shoulder and into some pine trees before she got out of the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Apparently, Richards was intoxicated at the time of the accident and later caught in a nearby forest with injuries she suffered as a result of the crash. After being taken by ambulance to the Sky Lakes Medical Center and cleared, she was arrested and transferred to the Klamath County jail. Richards has been charged with Driving Under the Influence(DUI), assault in the 4th degree, recklessly endangering another person, failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in an injury traffic crash(felony) and reckless driving.

Casey Howland, who was driving the Toyota, was taken by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical center and only suffered minor injuries.

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