Search for hit and run suspect uncovers marijuana plants

No arrest made after homeover proves it was a legal grow

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A trooper with the Washington State Patrol searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash Friday afternoon along Highway 14 found a marijuana grow instead, according to Lt. Jason Linn with the Washington State Patrol.

The incident started around 12:30 p.m., when a Ford F-250 swerving on Highway 14 near the Evergreen exit drove up and over a Saturn. The driver of the Saturn, Erik Hidle of Bend, Ore. was not injured.

The driver of the pickup took the Evergreen exit, abandoned his vehicle at the top of the exit ramp and took off on foot.

While WSP Trooper Bob Wollnick searched the area, he happened upon 30 marijuana plants and called in the regional drug task force. The homeowner, however, showed his medical marijuana paperwork, proving it was a legal grow.

The suspect of the hit-and-run crash was not found.

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