PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- A driver was arrested in Washington state for allegedly killing a bicyclist while intoxicated and continuing to drive with the victim’s bicycle stuck to the front of his car, police said.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Thomas Johnson of Tacoma was found dead along a road south of Port Orchard Saturday afternoon.
A 40-year-old Port Orchard man who was not immediately identified was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of narcotics.
A sample of the driver's blood was taken and he was booked into the Kitsap County Jail with bail set at $250,000.
A preliminary investigation found Johnson was riding his bike on the road shoulder near Port Orchard, 23 miles west of Seattle, Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said.
A car swerved onto the shoulder, struck Johnson and then continued. The driver stopped about 1 mile away, where witnesses said they saw him trying to remove the bicycle from the car, sheriff’s officials said.
The driver told a deputy he thought he struck a mailbox.