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Prineville woman arrested after fleeing traffic crash

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN -

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 44-year old Prineville woman Tuesday night after she fled into the woods from the scene of an injury traffic on Highway 97 about 22 miles south of Chemult.
   According to Sergeant Robert Fenner, on June 19, at approximately 10 p.m., a Hyundai Sonata four-door driven by Michelle L. Richards, age 44, of Prineville, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 225 when it struck the rear of a moving southbound Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Casey M. Howland, age 25, from 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 amongst pine trees. The Hyundai spun off the northbound shoulder also coming to rest amongst pine trees.
   After the collision, Richards fled the scene on foot 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 transported by Chemult Ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with minor injuries.
   Troopers searched the area and found Richards who had also received minor injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center. After being medically cleared, OSP arrested Richards and lodged her in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges: DUII, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involving an Injury Traffic Crash - Felony, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person
   Both drivers were using seat belts and the Hyundai's air bag deployed. The highway was closed for approximately two hours.