Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima man has been charged with vehicular assault in connection with a July 4 crash that left a motorcyclist seriously injured.

In charging documents filed in Yakima County Superior Court Tuesday, prosecutors allege that Ryan Michael Moore, 36, was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash at Tieton Drive and South 26th Avenue.

Police were called to the intersection around 4:40 p.m. July 4 for a pickup-motorcycle crash. A witness told police that the motorcycle was following Moore’s truck in the inside lane when Moore signaled a left turn, prompting the motorcyclist to move to the right lane, court documents said.

Then, the witness told police, the truck suddenly turned right, and the motorcycle went down on the ground and slid, the documents said.

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The motorcyclist, Michael P. Johansing, 43, was taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital before being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Officers said Moore’s eyes looked watery, his speech was slightly slurred and he had an odor of intoxicants about him at the scene, court records said. Documents show Moore refused to perform field sobriety tests at the scene.

Moore was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 19.

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.