Crime

Ferndale man swerves pickup to miss deer, crashes in Okanogan County

A Ferndale man was in stable condition Monday, June 1, hours after totaling his pickup and camper in a crash in Okanogan County, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Robert Edward Wilkinson, 60, swerved to the right to avoid a deer in the road around 8:45 a.m. as he drove his black Ford F-250 south on State Route 153, also known as the Methow Valley Highway, about three miles northwest of Pateros.

A Lance camping trailer detached from the ’89 Ford pickup as the truck crashed into a ditch and rolled over. The camper landed in the northbound lane, while the truck came to a rest just off the road. The pickup and camper were totaled, said Trooper Darren Wright.

An ambulance rushed Wilkinson to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. He was in stable condition, hospital staff said Monday afternoon.

Troopers cited him for driving with wheels off the road and driving with a suspended license. Wilkinson has a history of driving offenses: hit and run, several convictions for driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence.

He’s not suspected of being intoxicated during the Monday morning crash.

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