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Greenbank man gets prison time | CORRECTED

Editor's note: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated the criminal charge.

A Greenbank man will serve time in prison for driving while intoxicated, causing an injury accident on South Whidbey and then fleeing the scene last year.

The man, Brian Shelley, 42, is appealing a separate DUI conviction from District Court, according to court documents.

Following a three-day trial in March, a jury in Island County Superior Court found Shelley guilty of one count of vehicular assault, one count of hit and run with injury and one count of bail jumping.

The bail-jumping charge was dismissed before sentencing.

Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock sentenced Shelley to four years and nine months in prison.

On May 16, 2013, 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 filed by Island County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Crownover.

Long and his passenger were injured and transported to a 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.

Crownover quickly located Shelley.

A portable breathalyzer measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.091 percent, according to court documents. Legal intoxication is .08 percent in Washington state.

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