Port Angeles police seek driver after reported hit-and-run

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles police were searching Saturday for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run of a vehicle and subsequent pursuit Friday night, Officer Allen Brusseau said.

Officers J.J. Smith and Luke Brown responded to a reported hit-and-run at the intersection at South Pine and West 16th streets at about 8:54 p.m., police said.

A vehicle was traveling north through the intersection when it was struck by a dark-colored Chevrolet Camaro, according to police.

The Camaro left the scene traveling south on Black Diamond Road. The driver, an unidentified woman, was uninjured, police said.

About seven minutes after the collision, Sgt. Shaun Minks of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office spotted the Camaro heading north on Black Diamond Road.

Brown pursued the vehicle as it accelerated from Pine Street onto U.S. Highway 101 to Lauridsen Boulevard.

The car turned south from Lauridsen onto Race Street and veered onto Mount Angeles Road, police said. It then turned onto Scrivner Road and Doss Road before reaching a dead end.

The driver abandoned the Camaro and fled on foot in the 5400 block of Doss Road, police said.

Police said the license plate, vehicle identification number and license tab number of the ’80s-model Camaro were all invalid.

A neighbor told police the man had been seen in the area before, Brusseau said.

The car was impounded as evidence. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to phone the Port Angeles Police Department at 360-452-4545.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].