Pickup flies over 40-foot bluff, onto beach below north of Sequim

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — A man was in custody Saturday for investigation of driving under the influence after he drove a pickup truck off Cays Road north of Sequim and down a 40-foot bluff.

“He just went straight off the edge,” said Sgt. Eric Munger of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

Harley Robert Sutton, 30, remained in jail Saturday with no bond set for investigation of DUI, third-degree driving with a suspended license and a failure-to-appear warrant.

He was taken to Olympic Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries, said Ben Andrews, assistant chief with Clallam County Fire District No. 3.

Sutton was arrested after he was discharged from the hospital, Munger said.

“Alcohol was a factor in the wreck,” he said.

Sutton is a Washington state resident but does not live on the North Olympic Peninsula, said Munger, who did not know Sutton's hometown.

Munger said a 9-1-1 call was received at about 6 a.m. Saturday about a white Dodge Dakota on the beach down the bluff from Cays Road where it turns east and becomes Marine Drive.

Paramedics arrived to find Sutton standing outside of the truck, Andrews said.

No other vehicles or people were involved, Munger said.

He added that the truck damaged a privately owned staircase that led down to the beach.

Two tow trucks were used to haul the truck off the beach and back up the bluff, Munger said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: June 28. 2014 11:57PM
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