An argument between a man and a delivery driver escalated into a full-on fight involving pepper spray and a crowbar on Friday morning in DeTray’s Mobile Home Park on Fones Road, Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said.
“We see lots of disputes for things; we see lots of people getting into arguments and altercations over their arguments,” he said. “I just think the ending here was a little odd.”
The incident, which was reported at about 10 a.m., started over an argument about a delivery of some type of wood at the house. Lower said he believes it was firewood.
“They get into a heated argument over whether or not the delivery is accurate,” he said.
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The situation turned into a shoving match. Then the 50-year-old man sprayed the delivery driver, who is in his early 40s, in the face with pepper spray, Lower said.
The driver went to his truck, got a crowbar and “starts swinging it wildly to defend himself,” Lower said.
But the burning of the spray had kicked in, and the driver couldn’t see what he was swinging at, Lower said.
The man at the home backed up to avoid getting hit. That’s when he tripped over his 84-year-old mother.
“She falls to the ground, and he falls on top of her,” Lower said.
After that, both men called 911. Medics checked all three people — the mom, son and delivery driver — and there were no major injuries, Lower said.
The son’s hand was hurt, but he wasn’t sure whether it was from the fall or the fight, Lower said.
As officers interviewed the men, the delivery driver realized he had the wrong order, after all, Lower said. He told police he didn’t want to press charges for the pepper spray.
“His attitude was sort of, ‘I shouldn’t have engaged into the argument,’ ” Lower said.
The man said he didn’t want to press charges against the driver, either.
“In the end, I think right now everybody has accepted their responsibility and said that was enough,” Lower said.
Police took down information though in case they change their minds on pursuing criminal charges, he added.