Crime

Hit-and-run driver causes crash near Tumwater Boulevard

The Washington State Patrol responded to a hit-and-run accident involving four vehicles late Friday in Thurston County.

The incident occurred about 10:15 p.m. Friday on northbound Interstate 5, just south of Tumwater Boulevard.

The driver of a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe was northbound on I-5 when the vehicle made a sudden U-turn and went the wrong way up the on-ramp for Tumwater Boulevard, according to the State Patrol.

As a result, three vehicles swerved and crashed in their attempts to avoid the Tahoe or one another, according to the report.

The roadway was blocked for three hours.

The Tahoe driver fled along northbound I-5, but Olympia police found the vehicle 50 minutes later, the State Patrol reported.

“He continued right past the collision he just caused,” trooper Guy Gill said of the suspect.

The 33-year-old driver was arrested at Regal Cinemas in Lacey and booked into the Thurston County Jail where he was held without bail. He faces charges of hit and run, vehicular assault and driving under the influence.

Multiple witnesses reported what investigators considered a key detail – vomit on the outside of the vehicle by the driver’s side window, Gill said.

“His actions were beyond dangerous,” Gill said, adding that there were no serious injuries. “Everyone’s extremely lucky.”

A 41-year-old Everett woman and her two 16-year-old passengers were hurt and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital, according to the report. The drivers of the two other vehicles were not taken to a hospital.

The State Patrol is investigating the case.

The Tahoe did not hit any vehicles in the freeway incident, but there was fresh collision damage to the vehicle, which suggested the driver was involved in a collision elsewhere, Gill said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the State Patrol.

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