Tumwater Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning after he attempted to lead officers on a pursuit through a residential neighborhood, according to scanner traffic.
Officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, around 3:00 am near 69th Ave and Riverdale St, in the Munn Lake area of Tumwater. The vehicle immediately picked up speed and ran several stop signs, in an apparent attempt to elude officers.
Unfortunately for him, the vehicle suffered a mechanical issue, officers said, and it came to a stop in the 7100 block of Desperado Dr SE. The driver was cooperative and had his hands in the air.
The 36-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony Eluding a Police Vehicle. Records show that he also had warrants for domestic violence assault and a protection order violation. He is being held in the Thurston County Jail.
The Washington State Patrol has released the identity of the Olympia man who was killed in a collision on Saturday south of Tumwater.
The man has been identifed as Dale B. Drewry, 54, of Olympia. Drewry was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by his wife, when they were struck from behind and run off the road, according to a release by the State Patrol.
Drewry’s wife was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital to be treated for her injuries.
A 37 year old Olympia man was booked into jail Saturday on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, and Felony Hit and Run as a result of the collision. He took off running from the scene of the accident, according to scanner traffic. Thurston County deputies apprehended him a short time later.
The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but drugs and/or alcohol were involved, according to the State Patrol’s release.
The Tenino Police Department announced the death of Chief Robert “Bob” Swain on Monday morning in a post on the department’s Facebook page. Swain, 60, died Sunday night of health complications, according to the department.
Chief Swain suffered a medical emergency in early April, which resulted in him crashing his police car into the side of Scotty B’s diner in Tenino. He was out of work for three months, and returned in July.
Earlier this month, Tenino Police announced that Chief Swain would retire as of September 15, 2020. He died just five days later.
Swain was a 40-year veteran of law enforcement. 22 of those years were spent at the Colorado Springs Police Department. He also spent time at other departments in Colorado and Oklahoma. He was hired as the Chief of Police in Tenino in 2017.
Fire crews responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 5600 block of Black Lake Belmore Rd SW, just outside of Tumwater, just before midnight Sunday evening.
Crews arrived on scene to find flames showing from a single-wide mobile home. 911 callers reported that the fire likely started in a dryer, according to scanner traffic.
Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. The extent of damage is unclear. All human occupants were able to evacuate, but firefighters removed a deceased cat and bird from the home, according to witnesses.
Crews from McLane-Black Lake Fire District #9, Tumwater Fire Department, East Olympia Fire District #6, and West Thurston Fire District #1 responded to the scene.