A 24-year-old Tacoma man was arrested Tuesday after a hit-and-run crash on northbound Sleater-Kinney Road, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Darelle S. Washington was booked into the Thurston County jail, and appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price on Wednesday afternoon. Price found probable cause for five criminal charges: second-degree assault, hit and run attended, hit and run unattended, injury hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Because of Washington’s extensive criminal history and his previous failure to appear in court, the judge set bail at $100,000. Deputy Prosecutor Logan Bryant said Washington’s criminal history includes assault convictions, and Washington was wanted by the state Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest. He also had an outstanding warrant from Olympia Municipal court. Public Defender Phil Griffith said Washington was out on bail from Pierce County Superior Court at the time of his arrest.
Price said he was concerned Washington might try to interfere with justice, as he has previously been convicted of tampering with a witness.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office gave this report: About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Washington was northbound in a Honda Odyssey on Sleater-Kinney Road when he took a wide turn onto 15th Avenue Northeast and crashed into a Nissan Altima.
A 63-year-old man who saw the crash pulled over to help and then approached the Honda, asking if Washington was OK. Meanwhile, Washington was “actively maneuvering to flee the scene,” which led the Samaritan to reach out with his arm, asking Washington to stop.
Washington took off, dragging the man with him.
“He was dragged alongside the vehicle and ultimately underneath it before it came to final rest, high centered in a ditch,” a Sheriff’s Office news release reads.
While the man was being dragged, Washington allegedly crashed into a Ford Explorer, whose driver had also pulled over to help.
Washington eventually gave up trying to get his vehicle out of the ditch and ran off, but he was found by deputies.
The 63-year-old man suffered a broken arm, broken ribs and a laceration to his head, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the Nissan Altima was not seriously injured. It was not clear whether the driver of the Ford Explorer was injured.