Federal Way man jailed after wreck near La Push

Jeffrey Scott Alma, 30, was booked on investigation of felony hit-and-run with injury, driving under the influence, violation of a protection order and fourth-degree assault.

LA PUSH — A Federal Way man has been booked into the Clallam County jail and his wife taken to Forks Community Hospital following a single-vehicle wreck on state Highway 110 that partially blocked the roadway for six hours.

Jeffrey Scott Alma, 30, was booked on investigation of felony hit-and-run with injury, driving under the influence, violation of a protection order and fourth-degree assault after his pickup rolled on state Highway 110 about 4 miles east of La Push at 4:53 p.m. Thursday.

He remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday with bail set at $100,000.

Witnesses told State Patrol troopers that a man driving a Dodge Dakota pickup eastbound on the highway was hitting a woman passenger before losing control and rolling the pickup, according to an investigation report filed with the court.

“At one point, the passenger side door opened and the female passenger was partially hanging out,” Trooper E.J. Ellefson said in his report.

The State Patrol said Alma was driving at a high rate of speed when the pickup left the roadway to the right, struck a ditch, rolled and came to rest on its top in the eastbound lane.

The driver left the truck, where his passenger was trapped, and ran into the woods, the report said.

Alma’s passenger — his wife, Sheri L. Alma, 46 — was transported by ambulance to Forks Community Hospital with unspecified injuries and unknown condition. Hospital staff acknowledged Friday that she was a patient but would not release her condition.

In his report, Ellefson said her injuries were later determined not to be serious.

A valid restraining order against Jeffrey Alma concerning his wife was in effect, Ellefson said. Another trooper verified that she was in the truck voluntarily, the report said.

The cause of the wreck was speed too fast for conditions, the State Patrol said. Troopers said they believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the wreck.

Sheri Alma was not wearing a seat belt, according to the State Patrol report, which added it was unknown if the driver had been belted into the truck.

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