Shelton man charged in ‘aggressive driving’ motorcycle accident

A man who changed lanes in front of a motorcyclist and then braked hard causing a rear-end motor vehicle accident has been charged with felony hit-and-run driving and 2nd degree assault and has been booked into Lewis County Jail.

According to The Olympian, Matthew J. Slames, 30, of Shelton was driving his 2008 Subaru south on Interstate 5 just south of Chehalis when he made an abrupt lane change and braked causing Nicholas Bartley, 41, of Ethel, to rear-end him with his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle.

Bartley suffered numerous injuries including lacerations to his knees, fingers and arms. He was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital. His motorcycle sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes aggressive driving as deliberately having contempt towards other drivers, causing them to take defensive actions, and therefore increasing the risk of a car accident. Aggressive driving can lead to Vehicular Assault or even Vehicular Homicide.

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