Trucker Arrested on Drug Charges After “Demolition” of Historic Bridge
Pasco, WA – A trucker from Oregon who crashed his rig into an historic Washington bridge and then fled from the scene is behind bars on numerous of charges.
Authorities jokingly stated that “demolition started early,” when James Harty, 44, of Hillsboro, OR, crashed his semi into the Lewis Street Underpass, a historic Pasco bridge, slated to be demolished after a new overpass is built.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon around 12:45 p.m., according to a release from the Paso Police Department (PPD).
Arriving officers located the wrecked semi — with no driver — on the north side of the pedestrian stairwell.
PPD reported Harty mowed down barrier pylons west of Lewis Street, and continued until the semi rested on top of the stairwell, crashing through the concrete railing and sending chunks of the bridge down the stairs.
Thankfully, nobody was injured by the falling debris.
PPD said Harty fled the scene before officers arrived.
Harty was located a short time later attempting to enter a locomotive cabin in the nearby rail yard, which PPD called a “big no-no.”
He was “ordered down” from the train cars and subsequently arrested for a Hit and Run, along with Trespassing.
Following Harty’s arrest, officers located a suspected dope pipe on him, along with a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Harty was booked into the Franklin County Jail on an investigative hold for Possession of Meth.
Additionally, he was cited for Hit and Run, Trespassing, Drug Paraphernalia and DUI, all of which are misdemeanors.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information to call PPD at (509) 628-0333.
PPD reminded the public that “actual demolition” of the Lewis Street Underpass is not scheduled to start until the “replacement” overpass is completed.
However, construction on the “replacement” overpass has yet to start.
In regards to the soon-to-be-destroyed Lewis Street Underpass? “Stop making it worse!” PPD urged.