A 5-year-old boy was injured Friday evening after he was hit by a motorist who then fled the scene.
According to a press release, at 6:13 p.m. April 24 Washougal Police Department officers responded to a motor vehicle crash involving the child who was riding a Big Wheel tricycle. A white 1994 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Marsha Perry, 36, of Washougal, was traveling north on 22nd Street when the boy emerged from a driveway and into the path of the truck.
Witnesses told police that Perry first attempted to drive away from the scene. When that was unsuccessful she left on foot northbound toward Washougal River Road.
WPD K-9 Handler Kyle Day and his K-9 partner Ranger began tracking Perry through a field just south of the 1800 block of Woodburn Road. The suspect had concealed herself in a shallow hole and covered herself with dirt. Ranger tracked to within 5 feet of Perry, who could not be seen by officers. She surrendered when a second K-9 warning was given.
Perry was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of felony hit and run with injury, driving with a suspended license and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.
The child was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver to be treated for a laceration to his face and abrasions to his knees and elbows.
The incident is still under investigation, but officers do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors.
Assistance was provided by the Camas and Vancouver police departments.