Greenbank man charged with hit and run

A 42-year-old Greenbank man is facing multiple charges after running away from the scene of a car accident May 16, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Brian M. Shelley in Island County Superior Court May 21 with hit and run with injury, DUI and driving while license suspended or revoked.

If convicted, he could face from 15 to 20 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

Shelley was driving at a high rate of speed on Ewing Road in Clinton; his 1999 Isuzu slid across the centerline and struck an oncoming Mini Cooper driven by Leland Long, according to the report by Deputy Darren Crownover with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Long and his passenger were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment.

A witness reported seeing the driver of the Isuzu, later identified as Shelley, flee the scene on foot, carrying bags and a liquor bottle, the deputy wrote.

Crownover quickly found Shelley. He described him as “having a disheveled look, appearing to be in a stupor, bleeding from scrapes to the legs and forehead.”

After being arrested, Shelley allegedly admitted he was driving the car at the time of the accident and that he drank one beer earlier. A portable breathalyzer measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.091, according to the report.


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