A judge sentenced a man to nine months of work release Monday after he pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence for hitting a motorcyclist on 54th Avenue in Lacey in March.
The prosecutor dismissed a charge of hit and run against David Scott Williamson, 36, in return for his guilty plea to the vehicular assault and driving under the influence charges. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy sentenced Williamson to nine months of work release from the Thurston County Jail immediately after Williamson entered his guilty plea Monday.
Williamson has no prior criminal history. The motorcyclist that Williamson struck on March 2 suffered a fractured hand in the collision, court papers state.
The crash occurred about 6:45 p.m. on March 2. According to court papers, the motorcyclist was headed west in the 5900 block of 54th Avenue SE, and attempted to make a right turn onto Emerald Drive when a car struck him from behind. The motorcyclist was ejected, suffered a broken hand and was treated and released from an area hospital.
Also according to court papers:
Two passersby witnessed the collision, and followed the suspect's vehicle to a residence in the 6200 block of Wade Court. The suspect's vehicle had "three flat tires and substantial damage on the driver's side."
Lacey police went to the residence and interviewed Williamson. Williamson said that he "freaked out" after the crash with the motorcyclist, and was about to call 911 to report the crash when police arrived. Wiliamson said he had a couple of beers before the crash.
Williamson's blood draw after the crash showed a blood-alcohol-level of 0.15, which is over the legal limit for driving under the influence, Lacey Police Lt. Phil Comstock said Monday.
Comstock said the help of the citizens who witnessed the crash was crucial, because there is a limited amount of time that police have to locate and get a blood draw for a hit and run driver to determine whether he or she is intoxicated.