Clinton driver faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing wreck

A Clinton man accused of driving away from the scene of a May 15 accident on South Whidbey is facing several charges in Island County Superior Court.

Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Nicholas J. Sayko with hit and run, DUI and reckless driving. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted of the charges.

Washington State Patrol Trooper David Martin was patrolling on South Whidbey when he received a report of a red Toyota pickup driving off after causing an accident on Highway 525 at Bayview.

Martin saw a red Toyota pickup with heavy front-end damage drive by on the highway, so he pulled the vehicle over on Lancaster Road.

Sayko jumped out of the truck and refused when the trooper told him to put his hands on his truck.

“He told me to shoot him and I told him no,” Martin wrote.

After making sure Sayko was unarmed, the trooper eventually got him to sit on his tail gate and later arrested him.

Sayko’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.124 and 0.128. The legal limit is 0.08.

The collision caused a “minor injury,” the report states.

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