June 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Prosecutor: High, half-naked man drove recklessly with daughters in backseat
A man has been charged with vehicular assault, hit and run and reckless endangerment after he allegedly sped on Interstate 5 with his two young daughters in the backseat while he was high on methamphetamine and naked from the waist down.
According to charging documents filed Monday, Johnathan Lee Harty, 32, put his daughters, 6 and 4, in his car at 11:30 p.m. on April 20 and told them they were going to a store to get toys. King County prosecutors allege he sped south on I-5 between Boeing Field and Southcenter at 100 mph, witnesses said, and struck a BMW but didn’t stop.
He then struck a Jeep Wrangler just past the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way exit, and the driver of the Jeep lost control of the car and nearly flipped before hitting a barrier, according to the charges. The driver was not injured, but a passenger suffered a head injury that required 50 stitches, charges allege.
Harty continued driving and struck another Wrangler before losing control and hitting a barrier. Witnesses were able to remove his daughters, who had bruises from the seat belt but no other injuries, according to the charges.
Witnesses said Harty was uninjured but obviously impaired by drugs, according to the charges.
According to a Washington State Patrol report, Harty was wearing a woman’s blouse over two prosthetic breasts attached to his chest. The report also noted he was naked from the waist down. A pair of women’s underwear and a bottle nearly filled with urine were at his feet, troopers said.
Harty was transported to the King County Jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail, prosecutor’s office spokesman Don Donahoe said. His arraignment is scheduled for July 1.
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