Kennewick man, 23, charged with DUI in Richland

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldNovember 24, 2012 

— A 23-year-old man is accused of driving drunk, crashing his car in Richland and ditching his friends.

Robert John Corwin Cutts of Kennewick is charged in Benton County Superior Court with hit-and-run with injury and driving under the influence.

He was scheduled to enter a plea this week, but the hearing was continued to Thursday so Cutts could hire a lawyer.

According to court documents, Cutts was at a Richland nightspot early Nov. 16 having drinks with friends. The trio left together, with Cutts behind the wheel, documents said.

Cutts reportedly was speeding when he got into the wreck. Details of the crash were not provided. Cutts allegedly left the crash site, leaving a man and woman behind.

Richland paramedics discovered that Ryan Colee had two deep cuts on his head and complaints of back pain. He was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

Police talked Cutts into returning to the scene. He told officers that after the wreck he went home and had several drinks, court documents said.

Cutts' female friend reported that she'd shared a pitcher of beer with Cutts at the bar, documents said.

Officers noted that Cutts allegedly showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. He refused to give a breath sample, so police got a search warrant to draw his blood.

The samples were sent for testing. Documents said Cutts had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

Cutts was booked into the Benton County jail Nov. 16.

His bail was set at $10,000 and Cutts was told by Judge Craig Matheson that if he posts bail, he is not to drive a vehicle while this case is pending.

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