Man crashes car through fence in Central Park

A Montesano man was arrested after fleeing a traffic stop and crashing his car through a fence and off a retaining wall into someone’s yard in Central Park, according to the Washington State Patrol and a witness account.

Right before 9:30 a.m., a state patrol trooper made a traffic stop for speeding on westbound State Route 12, according to Public Information Officer Chelsea Hodgson. The 33-year-old Montesano man, who was driving a 2002 white Toyota Camry, fled the scene after the trooper contacted him.

The trooper pursued the vehicle until the driver drove though a fence and down an embankment. It took place at the intersection of Karjala Road and School Road, according to Ron Merila, a Central Park resident who said he’s neighbors with the house and saw the crash happen.

Hodgson said the car was stuck after going off the embankment, and the driver fled on foot. The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office assisted with a K-9 unit, and troopers were notified by a passerby that the Montesano man was on foot nearby. Troopers then located the man and took him into custody without incident.

The Montesano man was medically cleared and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail under suspicion of driving under the influence, a felony eluding charge, and a drug possession charge.