A Richland man is accused of driving intoxicated when his car left Highway 240 and crossed over a concrete island before hitting two vehicles on Stevens Drive.
Jesse A. Fox, 33, then allegedly ran from the scene without exchanging information or getting help for the other drivers.
Fox has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to hit and run from an injury accident and driving under the influence. Trial is set for Sept. 8.
Washington State Patrol troopers responded to Highway 240 and Stevens at 1:10 p.m. July 19.
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Troopers found three vehicles with front-end damage, and determined that a Nissan Altima was responsible for hitting a Toyota Rav4 and a Subaru Legacy.
The Nissan was headed west on the highway and the Toyota and Subaru were at the stoplight where the highway becomes Stevens.
A witness said the Nissan driver got out after the collision and said, "I am just going to my sister's," and left, court documents said.
Robert Meyers, one of the other drivers, told troopers that Fox was acting "really weird" before he took off.
A WSP trooper noticed a syringe on the driver's floorboard of the Nissan, documents said.
A Richland police officer identified Fox as a possible suspect, and a witness picked him out of a photo montage.
Fox was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex 3 1/2 hours later and initially told a trooper his name was "Tom," court documents said.
Later, Fox claimed he had used heroin the night before and drank a beer after the collision, documents said.
Asked about the wreck, Fox said, "I don't know. I thought I was going to turn, but I just didn't." He said he left the scene because he was scared. Troopers discovered he had warrants for his arrest.
Fox agreed to perform field sobriety tests, and allegedly showed signs of impairment.
His blood was drawn at 5:55 p.m. at Kadlec Regional Medical Center after troopers got a search warrant.
Fox told authorities that "you're going to find all sorts of stuff in my blood," documents said.
One of the other drivers, Sally Huber, suffered chest pain and a bump above her left eye. She later reported to authorities that she was diagnosed with possible cracked ribs.
Meyers was not hurt, but other passengers went to the hospital for treatment, the state patrol said.
Fox is in the Benton County jail on $25,000 bail.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer