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Man spent five days in wrecked car in Clallam County

SEQUIM, Wash. -- A 69-year-old man survived five days trapped in his car after it went off the road, the Clallam County Sheriff's Office says.

A dog walker found the car in which the man was trapped Monday morning. The man, Richard Jones, was taken to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Jones' wife had reported him overdue Wednesday night. He had gone to a store to buy a bottle of wine and was expected home in 15 minutes.

Law enforcement searched but couldn't find him.

Then, at 7:16 a.m. Monday, Nick Hoffman, 40, was walking his dog along Sequim-Dungeness Way. He saw a car 20 feet down a steep embankment, the Sheriff's Office says.

Heavy brush obscured the car. Hoffman called 911 and led a deputy to the car. The deputy, Brandon Stopanni, found Jones bundled up inside his car. He hadn't been able to open the car doors, which brush and trees blocked.

Medics and firefighters freed him from his car. The Sheriff's Office says he was talkative and not injured, but did have pre-existing medical conditions. He was dehydrated and hypothermic.



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