A 51-year-old Olympia man with 35 previous convictions was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a chase through a cattle pasture in a stolen truck.
Richard Mayer appeared Wednesday before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor, who found probable cause for multiple charges, including theft and eluding a police vehicle. Tabor set bail at $15,000. Arraignment was set for July 5.
Court documents give the following account:
On Tuesday,a sheriff’s deputy saw a truck speeding at 56 mph in a 40 mph zone. The deputy signaled to pull the truck over, but the truck then accelerated to approximately 80 mph.
The truck slowed and ran through three fences and a herd of cattle in a pasture. The deputy had to do several maneuvers before the vehicle stopped in the 11200 block of Independence Road Southwest.
As the deputy approached the truck, the driver — later identified as Mayer — took a fighting stance and punched the deputy in the shoulder.
After a short struggle Mayer told the deputy, “OK. I’m done. I’m done. You got me.”
After trying to persuade the deputy to go easy on him in exchange for information, Mayer told the deputy he fled from him because the truck was stolen.
Another deputy arrived at the scene and saw a pistol on the floor of the truck. After deputies contacted the registered owner of the truck, they were given permission to search the vehicle.
The owner of the truck said he did not own any pistols and there was not a gun in his truck before it was stolen.
At Wednesday’s hearing, deputy prosecuting attorney Christy Peters said Mayer had 35 previous convictions, including eight felonies. It was determined that Mayer’s license was suspended when the incident occurred.