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Seaside man, one other face charges after rollover crash

At least one person was ejected from a vehicle and two others fled the scene after a rollover crash early Sunday morning on Highway 26.

They were eventually found and the driver is facing charges, said Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at about 1:17 a.m., deputies responded to a roll-over crash on Highway 26 near Northwest Fisher Road in the community of Manning. An ambulance came across the crash and reported that one person had been ejected and was being treated on scene. The driver and another passenger fled the scene on foot.

Deputies arrived and started searching the wooded area adjacent to the road for the two missing occupants. They brought in a K9 team and eventually found the other passenger and the driver, 25-year-old Mario Morquecho of Seaside, at the bottom of a steep ravine. They were both injured and unable to walk out on their own.

It took deputies and firefighters several hours to carry both parties about a half-mile out of the woods to a waiting ambulance. Both had non-life threatening injuries. Morquecho will face multiple charges when he is released from the hospital, including DUII, Felony Hit and Run, Assault and Reckless Driving, said Thompson.

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