Crime

Driver hits pedestrian, dog — then goes squid fishing, prosecutors say

Steilacoom police looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian Sunday evening found him fishing for squid nearby, according to charging documents.

The 60-year-old Lakewood man was arraigned Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of felony hit and run and failure to have an ignition interlock device. His bail was set at $20,000.

According to charging documents:

A longtime Steilacoom resident was walking his dog in the 2900 block of Steilacoom Boulevard about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. As he crossed the street, he was hit by a westbound car.

The man complained about his ankle hurting, but he was concerned that his dog bore more of the impact of the car.

Public Safety Chief TJ Rodriguez said Wednesday that the dog was unhurt in the crash.

The man yelled at the driver, who was alone in his car, and the driver fled down Steilacoom Boulevard in his older Honda sedan. The passenger side headlight assembly was left in the street.

The victim was able to provide Steilacoom officers with a license plate number, too.

Officers searched the area and found a car matching the victim’s description parked along Commercial Street at Union Avenue. The pieces of headlight at the scene matched the car perfectly.

The officers went to the fishing pier, where about a dozen people were trying to catch squid. All except one paid no attention to the officers, but the other was nervous.

They checked the fishing licenses of the people on the pier, and when they got to the nervous man, they found his license was out of date, but the name matched the registration of the car.

The man was required to have an ignition interlock on his vehicle, but none was installed. He was arrested.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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