A Tenino man is in jail with bail set at $200,000 after he allegedly used his car to ram two men who had confronted him about reckless driving Thursday, seriously injuring both, in view of a troop of Boy Scouts and their families.
Koday Chipman, 24, was on his way to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting when he struck Dee Cooper, 70, and his son-in-law, Daniel Kitchings, 37, sending both to the hospital, court papers state.
According to court papers:
The pair approached Chipman about 6 p.m. after he pulled his Subaru into a parking lot near South Bay and Shincke roads at a high speed.
Chipman backed up “rapidly with a clear disregard for the safety of Cooper and Kitchings” as the men were trying to confront him, striking them and knocking them to the ground.
The impact broke out the Subaru’s driver’s-side window.
During Friday’s court hearing before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Lisa Sutton, Cooper and Kitchings’ family members spoke about the trauma they and the Boy Scouts suffered in witnessing the incident.
Dee Cooper’s daughter, Linda, said her father’s pelvis is fractured in two places. Daniel Kitchings was in a medically induced coma after suffering a head injury. He already had undergone several surgeries as of Friday afternoon, she said.
About 15 Boy Scouts and their families were in the parking lot preparing to head to an awards ceremony when the incident happened.
Chipman has prior arrests for negligent driving and driving while intoxicated. He is enrolled in Thurston County Drug Court after a September arrest for possession of OxyContin without a prescription. In Drug Court, offenders are allowed to have a pending criminal charge dismissed, provided they stay sober, stay out of the courts system and meet certain educational and therapeutic benchmarks under court-ordered supervision.
Drug Court participants sign paperwork stating that they can automatically be convicted of their pending charge if they incur new criminal charges while enrolled.
Drug Court Prosecutor Heather Stone said she was aware of Chipman’s potential new charge, but it is too early to say whether he will automatically be expelled and convicted on his drug-possession charge.
When Chipman was arrested in September in Lacey, he told a police officer he was addicted to OxyContin, court papers state.
Blood was drawn from Chipman on Thursday, court papers state. It will six to eight weeks before toxicology results show whether he was intoxicated, Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan Coon said.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465