A Yelm man is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle at a business in the 900 block of Yelm Avenue East on Monday, June 24.
Gordon M. Crockett, 46, was believed to be under the influence of some type of drug when officers arrived at about 4 p.m., according to police reports. The car was still on and the turn signal was activated when someone called to report the incident.
“Based on my training and experience and the totality of the circumstances, Crockett appeared to be a danger to himself due to him being asleep/unconscious since around 12 p.m. in the warm sun in his vehicle while it was running,” an officer wrote.
Crockett agreed to be taken to the hospital. As the officer was prepared to clear the call, a medic reported that a gun had been found while Crockett was in the ambulance. The officer obtained the loaded Taurus pistol along with a speed loader. There was a round in the chamber and 12 in the magazine.
He wasn’t booked into jail because he required hospitalization, according to the report.
Crockett has 10 prior felony convictions. The case was referred to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office for a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.