Crime

Ex-boyfriend accused of driving van into woman’s vehicle, deputy prosecutor says

Douglas H. Cook (left) is accused of ramming a van containing five people, west of Tenino. He appeared Wednesday afternoon in Thurston County Superior Court with Public Defender Luke Swinney.
Douglas H. Cook (left) is accused of ramming a van containing five people, west of Tenino. He appeared Wednesday afternoon in Thurston County Superior Court with Public Defender Luke Swinney. adickson@theolympian.com

Deputies arrested a 47-year-old man early Wednesday morning after he was accused of purposely crashing his van into another vehicle, trying to injure his ex-girlfriend and other occupants.

“It is by mere fortune that no one was injured in this attack,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Lippert.

Douglas H. Cook, of Thurston County, will likely face five counts of first-degree assault. Two of the counts are domestic violence charges. He appeared Wednesday afternoon before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price, who set bail at $100,000.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a woman called 911 and reported that her ex-boyfriend, Cook, was ramming the side of her van. She reported that she, a man, and three children had been traveling away from Tenino on Old Highway 99. When their van passed Tilley Road, another van pulled into the intersection, nearly crashing into the side of their van. Cook was driving, according to court documents.

Cook’s van then pulled alongside the other van, and swerved into it. The woman reported that when Cook saw her calling 911, he drove away.

The man in the van, who was driving, confirmed the woman’s story. He said he pulled into a neighborhood following the crash, hoping to find someone to help them, according to court documents.

A woman at a nearby home reported seeing the incident, which also was captured in video surveillance footage.

None of the van’s five occupants reported injuries.

Deputies eventually found Cook near his home at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. They reported finding fresh damage on his van.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly

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