Crime

Pedestrians struck by drunken hit-and-run driver while crossing Ruston Way, police say

Two men crossing Ruston Way were hit Tuesday night by a suspected drunken driver, who then fled the scene, according to Tacoma police.

The men, ages 71 and 65, were crossing near a bar in the 2700 block of Ruston Way about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were hit by a southbound vehicle, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The driver who struck them drove off but was arrested nearby.

The driver, a 64-year-old Bothell man, was booked into Pierce County Jail early Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault and one count of felony hit-and-run.

The 65-year-old victim suffered a broken shoulder and broken hip, as well as head lacerations, Cool said, but he clearly remembered being hit by the vehicle. He was taken to a city hospital in stable condition. The 71-year-old victim suffered foot injuries but refused medical treatment.

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