Sheriff's Office makes arrest in suspected domestic violence case

A Port Angeles man is in jail after local law enforcement officials responded to a hit-and-run and suspected assault and unlawful imprisonment just west of Port Angeles.

Michael David Huntzinger, 34, was arrested and booked into Clallam County Jail. Charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, interfering with reporting of domestic violence and malicious mischief-domestic violence are being referred the prosecutor’s office for review, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, law enforcement received a call of an unoccupied vehicle in the ditch along State Route 112 near the Elwha River Bridge, just west of Port Angeles. As deputies responded, more information came to dispatch that the vehicle may have been involved in a hit-and-run and abduction. Law enforcement officials stopped a man and woman in a second vehicle on the west end of Port Angeles.

According to a sheriff's office report, the male had allegedly assaulted the female several times earlier in the day. The female escaped and left in the first vehicle but was pursued by the male and run off the road near the bridge, the report indicated. The male then forced her to get into his vehicle.

The female sustained injuries consistent with the reported assault, the sheriff's office said.
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