Oregon State Police troopers arrested a Prineville woman Tuesday night after she fled into the woods from the scene of an injury traffic crash on Highway 97 about 22 miles south of Chemult.
According to Sgt. Robert Fenner, around 10 p..m., a Hyundai Sonata four-door driven by Michelle Richards, 44, from Prineville, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 225 when it struck the rear of a moving southbound Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Casey Howard, 25, of Bend.
The Toyota pickup, which reportedly was going 20 to 30 miles per hour when struck, was pushed off the southbound shoulder and rolled until coming to rest amid some pine trees. The Hyundai spun off the northbound shoulder, also coming to rest among the trees.
After the collision, Fenner said, Richards ran into the forest.
OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office responded to the scene along with Chemult Fire Department, Chemult Ambulance, and ODOT.
Howland was taken by Chemult Ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of minor injuries.
Troopers searched the area and found Richards, who also had received minor injuries. She, too, was taken by ambulance to the Klamath Falls hospital.
After being medically cleared, OSP arrested Richards and lodged her in the Klamath County Jail on charges of DUII, failure to perform the duties of a driver in an injury crash (felony hit-and-run), fourth-degree assault, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. She remained held Wednesday morning on $32,500 bail, a jail officer said.
Both drivers were using seat belts and the Hyundai's air bag deployed. The highway was closed for about two hours.