A 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run early Monday morning after he allegedly struck a pedestrian in the Tanglewilde/Thompson Place area of Thurston County, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The male pedestrian was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to court information. His medical status was not immediately available on Monday, although he was conscious after being taken to the hospital.
Charging documents give the following account:
About 11:25 p.m. Sunday, the pedestrian was walking across the street when he was struck by a silver SUV near the intersection of Martin Way East and Hensley Street.
A witness told deputies the pedestrian was "hit so hard that he was pushed up and over the vehicle and landed on the pavement."
A witness also said she saw the pedestrian "crawling to the north side of Martin Way East to get off the road."
The man driving the silver SUV was later pulled over by a deputy near the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Lilly Road in Olympia. The man said he is from Brazil and primarily speaks Portuguese and Spanish. A Lacey police officer arrived to interpret and explained the man's rights in Spanish. The man said he understood his rights and asked to speak to a lawyer.
Two witnesses identified the SUV as the vehicle they had seen on Martin Way. The vehicle also had front-end damage.
The man was taken into custody about 12:30 a.m. Monday.
A deputy was granted a search warrant to do a blood draw and to check the man's cell phone, which was attached to the dashboard of the SUV.