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.
A 54-year old man from Olympia is deceased, his 51-year old wife is injured, and a 37-year old man is in custody following an accident on Old Hwy 99 SE that occurred Saturday evening.
Medics and TCSO deputies were dispatched to the crash scene, at Old Hwy 99 and Waldrick Rd SE, just after 9:15 pm Saturday. Deputies arrived on scene to find that the driver of the causing vehicle had fled on foot, according to scanner traffic.
The State Patrol says that both vehicles were travelling northbound on Old Hwy 99, when the suspect vehicle struck the victim vehicle from behind. Both vehicles left the roadway, and came to rest off the left side of the road.
Deputies were able to locate the suspect hiding behind a fence a few blocks up from the crash scene. He is the registered owner of the vehicle involved, a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and lives in the area. He was booked into Thurston County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, and vehicular assault, according to jail records.
While deputies were busy locating the suspect, medics were busy extracting and treating the victims, who were were driving a 2007 Nissan Altima. The female driver was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital, while her husband, the passenger, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Thurston County Coroner’s Office responded.
The State Patrol, who took over the investigation, says that drugs and/or alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash. The exact cause is still under investigation.
One person was transported to the hospital after a single-vehicle rollover in Lacey on Sunday morning.
The collision occurred on Pacific Ave SE (SR 510) near Pacific Ridge Dr and Chatham Dr. It was dispatched just after 8:30 am. Lacey Fire, TCSO deputies and the State Patrol troopers responded to the scene.
The Washington State Patrol will lead the investigation, as the crash happened on a state highway. It is unclear what caused the accident, or if drugs or alcohol were a factor.