The suspected driver of a car that twice hit a 33-year-old runner from Royal City, Wash., Sunday evening is in custody, authorities said.
The victim, Jackie Monney, is expected to survive what investigators described as a deliberate roadside attack. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Saul Angeles Pamas, is being held at the Grant County Jail and facing charges of second-degree assault and hit and run.
“This was the kind of case which stunned the public as well as investigators,” Sheriff Tom Jones said Monday in prepared remarks. “I’m glad the suspect was caught and I am inspired by the victim’s strength and will to survive such an ordeal.”
Monney was running about 6 p.m. along road 10 S.E. near State Route 262 when a white sedan approached her and stopped, according to the sheriff’s office.
The driver asked if Monney wanted a ride; she declined, the release said. The driver turned around and drove past Monney, then turned around again and swerved to hit her from behind, knocking her down. The car turned around again and hit Monney a second time, dragging her a short distance before fleeing the scene, the release said.
Monney was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital in Moses Lake.
The Washington State Patrol found the car at a home about three miles away. Pamas, the suspect, agreed to meet with investigators at the sheriff’s office and was taken into custody following an interview, the department said.