Driver arrested after pinball-like wreck

Police say Mitchell P. Deccio rear-ended one vehicle, then crashed into others while trying to leave the scene.

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COLLEGE PLACE -- A College Place man was jailed Monday after allegedly causing a four-vehicle wreck.

Mitchell P. Deccio, 29, was southbound on Myra Road in a 1998 BMW about 4:30 p.m., police said. Witnesses later told police he appeared to reach speeds of about 80 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic.

At the intersection of Myra and Dalles Military roads, Deccio's car slammed into the back of a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Kimberly Melton of Athena, who was stopped for a red light. The collision caused extensive damage to Melton's car and she complained of neck and back injuries, according to Tim Bennett, city police spokesman.

Deccio, who is listed as living at 1157 S.E. Sentry Drive, then backed up while attempting to leave and hit a vehicle driven by Benjamin Weidman of College Place, police said.

While using his BMW as a tool to move Weidman's vehicle out of his way, Deccio then tried to fit between that car and another vehicle, driven by Rafael Vasquez of Walla Walla, Bennett said this morning.

According to police, people at the scene stopped Deccio from leaving until emergency responders arrived.

Deccio was arrested and lodged in Walla Walla County Jail for investigation of driving under the influence and three counts of hit and run.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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