According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a gold minivan was detained for felony hit-and-run on Monday (3 July) after he collided with a vehicle before crashing into a retaining wall and flipping the vehicle.
Rocky Lovelady, age 23, is additionally charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving, hit-and-run with property damage and injury, and driving with a suspended license. After the collision, he allegedly assaulted hospital staff as he was being treated.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., authorities responded to a report of an overturned vehicle at the intersection of NE 29th Ave and NE 145th St. The suspect, subsequently identified as Lovelady, fled the vehicle in the direction of the campus of Washington State University in Vancouver, located east of NE 29th Avenue.
Do you know that one of the two suspects in a gunshot that injured two Clackamas County deputies late last month was charged with attempted murder on Monday (3 July)? Felon in possession of a firearm, attempted second-degree burglary, attempted first-degree theft, and two counts of attempted murder were all filed against 32-year-old Tyler Scott:
Investigators determined that the minivan was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with a vehicle it was trying to overtake. Moments later, the minivan collided with a residential retaining wall, causing it to flip over and halt on the road.
According to officials, concrete from the retaining wall was flung at a parked car at a residence, gravely damaging the vehicle. Authorities say that after witnesses provided a description of Lovelady, they contacted a campus area to begin searching for him.
A deputy using a drone initially observed Lovelady in the southwest corner of the campus, according to the authorities. A K9 deputy later located him concealed in some brush. Lovelady was brought to a local hospital for medical attention after being checked by medics on the scene before being lodged into the Clark County Jail.