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Vancouver woman sentenced to 90 days in hit-and-run

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

A 20-year-old Vancouver woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail for crashing into parked vehicles, and then striking a man and a residence in the North Garrison Heights neighborhood in November.

Kaleigh Ann Beebe was convicted of second-degree assault and hit-and-run unattended (vehicle damage). She will receive credit for 63 days already served. Upon release, her license will be revoked.

Beebe opted not to speak when given the opportunity, but Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson asked the attorneys for more details about her crimes. After hearing a recitation of the facts of the case, and establishing that drugs or alcohol were not involved, the judge asked Beebe if her actions were the result of terrible decision-making in the heat of the moment.

“Yes. … I learned I’ll never do it again,” Beebe said.

Beebe originally faced one count of second-degree assault, one count of hit-and-run resulting in injury, three counts of hit-and-run of an unattended vehicle and one count of hit-and-run of unattended property.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Beebe, driving a blue Mazda van, arrived shortly after 10 a.m. Nov. 25 at the back parking lot at Kamlu Retirement Inn-Vancouver, 1000 N.E. 82nd Ave.

While driving in the lot, she crashed into a parked Toyota RAV4, pushing it into a parked purple Mercury Cougar. She then tried to drive away but struck a burgundy Ford Taurus. All three vehicles belonged to residents at the retirement center and were damaged, the affidavit says.

Beebe stopped her vehicle a short distance from the victims’ vehicles. A Kamlu maintenance manager, identified as KC Trammel, tried to contact Beebe to convince her not to leave. Beebe accelerated toward Trammel, striking his legs and running over his right toes; he fell to the ground, the affidavit states. (Trammel refused medical aid but said he was sore and walked with a slight limp.)

Court documents say Beebe drove away headed south. Trammel tried to chase her and witnessed Beebe crash into the southwest corner of a residence at 911 Garrison Road. She then ran from the vehicle, which was about one-fourth of the way into the structure, according to the affidavit.

She was detained in the 8100 block of Northeast Ninth Street without further incident. She admitted to being the driver involved in the crashes and fleeing, the affidavit says.