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Report: Afghan attack suspect fled 2008 accident

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state court records describe a 2008 hit-and-run accident involving the U.S. soldier now accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan.

According to Pierce County Municipal Court documents, Robert Bales was cited in a single-vehicle rollover in the early morning of Oct. 11, 2008. It isn’t clear what Bales hit, but the report refers to damaged property.

Witnesses saw a man in a military-style uniform, with a shaved head and bleeding, running away.

Deputies found him in the woods, and Bales told them he fell asleep at the wheel.

Bales paid nearly $800 in fines and court costs in monthly increments of $56. He paid $180 restitution, and the case was dismissed in October 2009.

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