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Vancouver motorist arrested after colliding with motorcyclist Saturday

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Vancouver man was arrested Saturday night after authorities say he was driving under the influence when his car collided with a motorcyclist, critically injuring the rider.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies and fire and EMS personnel were dispatched at 11:36 p.m. for a crash at Northeast 72nd Avenue and 159th Street. Arriving deputies found a motorcyclist lying on 72nd Avenue with a severe head injury, according to an agency news release.

Deputies determined the rider, Richard Davis, 60, of Vancouver was traveling north on 72nd Avenue, approaching 159th Street, on a 1982 Suzuki motorcycle. A 2002 Acura sedan, driven by Matthew Wells, 34, of Vancouver, was traveling north on 72nd Avenue behind Davis, the news release states.

Davis slowed as he approached 159th Street, and Wells attempted to drive around Davis, colliding with him. Wells stopped and rendered aid until first responders arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said they believe Wells was under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault.

Davis was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating.