Bremerton police arrested a suspect Thursday on charges vehicular assault in connection to a Dec. 5 hit-and-run that badly injured a 35-year-old nurse.
The nurse, Bob Lampton of Kennewick, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center following the collision on Wheaton Way around 2:15 p.m. He remains in serious condition as of Dec. 14, a spokesperson for the UW hospital system said.
Twenty-eight-year-old Ian A. Maesner was taken into custody Dec. 13 and faces two felony counts including vehicular assault and hit-and-run involving an injury.
The collision occurred at the north end of the Warren Avenue bridge in Bremerton on the afternoon of Dec. 5, police said.
Lampton – a traveling critical care nurse working in Kitsap County temporarily, the Kitsap Sun reported – was walking on the sidewalk when a vehicle drove “off the roadway,” witnesses told police, struck a guardrail and then struck him, causing serious injuries, a Friday BPD press release states.
After the incident, the vehicle “left the scene northbound on Wheaton Way,” police said.
Witnesses were able to provide “a vague description of the suspect vehicle and driver,” according to the release. Based on interviews and other evidence collected at the scene, police said, they were able to narrow the focus of their investigation “to a particular make, model and year” of vehicle.
“Further investigation revealed the identity of a 27-year-old, male suspect,” Capt. Randy Plumb wrote. Plumb later confirmed the suspect recently turned 28.
“After contacting the suspect’s relatives,” Plumb wrote, “the suspect called our officers and wanted to speak with them in person.”
“Officers went to the suspect’s residence, arrested him and located the suspect’s vehicle,” the statement reads.
According to police, the vehicle “sustained damage consistent with what officers believed occurred during the collision.”
Court records show Maesner was also charged with two misdemeanors in connection to the incident, including violating ignition interlock device requirements and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Vehicular assault is a class-B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Bail was set at $300,000.