It had to be one hell of a sight: A man jumping from the trunk of a car at around 7 a.m. on State Route 2 near Pend Oreille County Park in Eastern Washington. According to reports in the Spokesman Review and from KREM 2 News, that's exactly what happened last Sunday, and the story only got more bizarre from there.
According to news accounts of the strange episode, a motorist presumably minding his own business and traveling along State Route 2 saw the trunk of the car driving in front of him unexpectedly pop open around 7:10 a.m. Sunday. The driver told responding police officers that once the trunk came open a man jumped up and started wildly waving his arms. Reports indicate that when the car with the man in the trunk came to a quick stop, the unexpected passenger hopped out and started running toward the surely-baffled driver behind him.
From the KREM 2 News report:
The witness said the victim told him he had been beaten, bound and forced into the trunk of the suspects' car while in Montana. Subsequent investigation revealed injuries to the victim, consistent with being bound and beaten. The victim refused medical attention while on scene, but was later taken to Crime Victim Services for assistance.
Not long later police spotted the car suspected in the kidnapping traveling toward Newport, Wash. Reports indicate that when authorities attempted to pull the car over it initially failed to stop - making time to chuck a firearm out the window (which was later recovered).
When the vehicle did stop two men were arrested - 29-year-old Kenny J. Morrison and 39-year-old John M. Davis, both of Columbia Falls, Montana.
KREM 2 News reports both men were booked on charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, possession of methadone without a prescription and unlawful possession of a firearm.