Man arrested after hit-and-run injury crash


WALLA WALLA -- City police arrested a Colorado man allegedly injured another driver and ran a Walla Walla sheriff's sergeant off the road Wednesday night.

According to police reports, at roughly 8:04 p.m., Jack Lavender ran a stop sign at Roosevelt and Alder streets, "T-boning" another car, then fled the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, Seth Daniel, 26, was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Police began searching for a dark-colored station wagon described by witnesses after the collision. At 8:18, Sgt. Robert Clendaniel of the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office reported he spotted a matching vehicle driving toward him in the wrong lane of Mill Creek Road.

Clendaniel was forced off the road, and narrowly missed being struck by the 1992 Ford Taurus wagon, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The driver of the station wagon, later identified as Lavender, continued driving erratically in the wrong lane at speeds up to 80 mph, according to Clendaniel.

Lavender pulled over east of Seven Mile Road after Clendaniel overtook him in his patrol car and turned on his emergency lights. Lavender's wife and two dogs were in the vehicle also.

Lavender, whose driver's license was revoked in Colorado for driving under the influence convictions, was arrested by Walla Walla police, who assisted with the pursuit, on investigation of felony hit and run and driving under the influence, officials said.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


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