Charge: Man crashes on I-5 with girls in car while half-naked, high on meth

Charge: Man crashes on I-5 with girls in car while half-naked, high on meth
Jonathan Harty

SEATTLE -- The man who was caught allegedly speeding down I-5 crashing into cars with his two daughters in the backseat was not only high on methamphetamine and half-naked, he was wearing a womens blouse and prosthetic breasts, according to charges filed June 17.

Johnathan Harty, 31, of Lake Stevens has been charged with vehicular assault, felony hit and run, reckless endangerment and a second count of hit and run for the incident that occurred April 20 between Boeing Field and Southcenter.

According to charges filed by the King County Prosecutor's Office, Harty loaded his two daughters, ages 6 and 4, into the car around 11:30 p.m., telling them he was taking them to the Dollar Store to get toys.

He was next spotted weaving in and out of traffic on I-5 while traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to the charges.

Harty, who has two previous DUI convictions, reportedly hit three occupied cars, nearly causing one to flip over, before crashing his Chrysler Sebring into a barrier and coming to a stop. A passenger in one of the cars Harty allegedly hit later required 50 stitches to close a head wound suffered in the crash. She is permanently scarred.

The civilian who reached Harty's crashed car first was unable to get him to unlock the front door, according to charges. Instead, the civilian opened the rear door to find Harty's two distraught daughters, who both had seat-belt bruises to their necks.

According to the charges, troopers arrived and found Harty sweating heavily and obviously impaired by a drug. He allegedly told troopers he was having a dream that he was currently in a car crash. He later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the charges.

Harty was also reportedly naked from the waist down, wearing only a womens blouse. When responders cut the blouse away, they found a pair of prosthetic breasts. There was also a nearly completely full bottle of urine and a pair of womens underwear on the floor of the car, according to the charges.

Harty is being held on $250,000 bail.