OLYMPIA - Two 22-year-old men are accused in court papers of firing rounds from a handgun at another vehicle during a road rage incident Sunday night on U.S. Highway 101.
Reed C. Boysen, 22 of Olympia, and Chad Parker, 22, of Woodstock, Ga., were being held at the Thurston County Jail on Monday after a judge found probable cause to order both held on suspicion of drive-by shooting. Boysen’s bail was set at $50,000 and Parker’s at $40,000, a jail official said.
Boysen’s mother refused to answer questions about her son when reached by telephone Monday night. At 6:15 p.m. Monday, a jail official said Reed Boysen was in the process of posting bail.
No one was hurt by the gunfire, court papers state. But a news release from the Washington State Patrol alleges that the pickup that was fired at has impressions from two gunshot rounds.
According to court papers:
Parker was driving a 1989 Ford pickup south on U.S. 101 in Mason County on Sunday night. Boysen was a passenger. Around 9 p.m., Parker began tailgating a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by a 58-year-old man from Ethel, who had a 48-year-old woman as a passenger.
When the roadway widened to two southbound lanes, Parker passed the Dodge pickup and then slowed in the left-hand lane, positioning his truck next to a slower-moving vehicle so no other traffic could pass. The driver of the Dodge, now behind Parker’s vehicle, “flashed his headlights in an attempt to have Parker allow traffic to pass.”
Parker’s pickup sped ahead of the Dodge, then slowed, allowing the Dodge to pass. As the Dodge approached the area of the Black Lake Boulevard exit in Thurston County, the occupants heard several gunshots, “between two and five,” then called 911. The occupants of the Dodge “stated they were in fear for their lives.”
As the Dodge continued toward Olympia, the passenger of the Dodge said she looked out the window and saw “Parker with a gun in his hand, pointing it toward their vehicle.” The driver of the Dodge said he saw three muzzle flashes from the gun.
Parker was pulled over by Olympia police in the Safeway parking lot on Cooper Point Road. “When Boysen was taken into custody, he had on his person a Beretta .25-caliber handgun, which was taken into evidence.” A second handgun was found under the seat of the pickup.
Boysen refused to speak to Olympia detectives, but Parker said he and Boysen both fired shots in an attempt to scare the occupants of the Dodge pickup.
Detectives later located the impressions of two gunshot rounds on the Dodge pickup.
During Monday’s court hearing, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ordered Boysen to surrender his concealed carry license and any handguns that he owns.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 firstname.lastname@example.org.