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Man arrested after vehicle injures festivalgoers at Gorge campground

Four people attending the Sasquatch Music Festival were injured Saturday morning when a 19-year-old man from California ran over several tents and hit parked cars at the Gorge Amphitheatre campground, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, identified as Tanner A. Drayton-Williams, of Woodland Hills, drove through several campsites around 9:30 a.m. It originally appeared that two of the victims had received serious injuries, but three of the injured had been released from the Quincy Valley Medical Center by early Saturday afternoon, said Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman. Drayton-Williams was among those treated and released.

The remaining victim was transferred to Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment of multiple broken bones and internal injuries,  Foreman said.

Two of the victims that went to the hospital were inside tents, Foreman said. Several other people received minor injuries but refused treatment.

The driver was apparently attending the Sasquatch Music Festival being held at the Gorge this weekend.

“He was camping out there with other people who came to the concerts,” Foreman said.

Drayton-Williams was booked into the Grant County Jail and is facing four charges of second-degree assault. Evidence suggests that he was “impaired” and more charges are soon likely, Foreman said.

Deputies have not had any other issues so far with the crowd attending the popular music festival, Foreman said.

“Most of the people who come to the Gorge are respectful and don’t cause problems,” he said.

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