Kennewick police: Driver hits tree, flees car as dog follows

Kpd 2
Image courtesy of Kennewick Police Department.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick Police Department (KPD) has released details of a rather unusual hit and run incident that happened Friday night.

KPD says they were called to check on a driver who had appeared to be unconscious in a drive-thru near the 7500-block of West Clearwater Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on June 3rd.

Upon arrival, officers allegedly found a man slumped over the steering wheel of his car. Shortly after, he regained consciousness and proceeded to back up the car, hit a pole, and make a hard right turn.

READ: Inslee visits the Hanford Site advocating for more funding

The car then made an abrupt stop after it hit a tree. The man immediately got out of his car and fled down the street on foot, leaving the scene of the accident without talking to officers or leaving his personal information.

Officials say the man had a small dog, named Bella, in the car with him at the time, who proceeded to follow the man down the street as he fled.

According to KPD, officers then engaged in a short foot pursuit. It ended at a nearby church, where the suspect was apprehended and then taken to Benton County Jail.

The suspect’s faithful companion, Bella, was safely secured by officers in the incident. She has been turned over to Tri-Cities Animal Control, who will take care of her while her owner is in custody at Benton County Jail, according to KPD.