Thurston County Watch

Couple Accused of Alcohol-Related Crimes After Argument in Roadway

Two women were accused of driving under the influence and disorderly conduct after a verbal altercation in the middle of the road near the 200 block of Third Street Northeast in Yelm. 

Police responded to reports of a disturbance at about 10 p.m. Thursday, June 25, between two women in a red truck in the middle of the road. 

Yelm officers arrived at the scene and spoke with a 19-year-old Yelm woman who was allegedly observed to be intoxicated and yelling obscenities at the officer. 

She told officers her partner, a 37-year-old Roy woman, had taken the keys away from her and told her she could not drive. She then gave officers keys to the truck and said she would “take the heat” for driving into a nearby wooden fence behind her house in an alley. The fence was valued at about $1,000.

Both women admitted to driving the vehicle, according to police reports. 

After contacting the 19-year-old’s  family, officers handcuffed the older woman on probable cause for DUI. Once officers put the 37-year-old into custody, the 19-year-old came back and attempted to start a fight with her, allegedly over another woman, according to police.

The 19-year-old was issued a citation for disorderly conduct and minor in possession. 

Yelm officers transported the 37-year-old woman back to the police station for a blood alcohol content test, where she blew results that ranged from 0.164 to 0.183.  Under state law, a person is guilty of driving under the influence when their alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08. 


Vehicle Prowl Reported at White Horse Tavern

A front end license plate and vehicle registration was stolen from a 1997 Ford Ranger the night of Saturday, June 20, at White Horse Tavern’s parking lot. 

Yelm officers received a call on Monday, June 22, from a 24-year-old Onalaska woman who claimed her car was broken into overnight in the parking lot, according to police reports. She said she had been at the bar on Saturday night and was picked up around 11 p.m. 

The next day, at about 10 a.m., she returned to find that her vehicle had been broken into. The person who broke in stole a license plate that was located on the dashboard and her vehicle’s registration.

There are currently no suspects in this case. 

Dive Team Recovers Uncooperative Woman in Roy

Members of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s dive team recovered an uncooperative, distressed woman from a creek in Roy on Tuesday, June 23. 

Officers responded to calls of a woman who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, and who had been walking around for several hours along Eighth Avenue South. 

The deputies arrived around 5 p.m. and found a woman sitting on a bridge over a creek. 

“The woman dove into the creek and began treading water, and would not communicate with the deputy,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. “For over an hour deputies and a neighbor attempted to talk with the woman and to persuade her to come out of the water; she did not answer them and continued to swim under the bridge and appeared to be in distress.”

The sheriff’s dive team was eventually called in and was able to pull her away from the river as a deputy held her arm from the top of the bridge. 

According to the department, the woman was transported to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation after she was pulled from safety. 


Ashford Man Airlifted to Hospital After He Reportedly Fell Into Roadway and Was Hit By Motorist on State Route 706

A 38-year-old Ashford man was airlifted to Tacoma General Hospital Wednesday, June 24, after he was reportedly struck by a vehicle while walking eastbound on State Route 706, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The incident occurred at 2:56 p.m.  Wednesday about 5 miles east of Ashford in Pierce County, according to a WSP press release.

The Ashford man, Robert D. Welch, reportedly “fell toward lane one” as he was walking on the right shoulder of the highway and was then struck by a GMC Acadia driven by a 36-year-old motorist from Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, according to the release, but the WSP does believe alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

The eastbound lane of SR 706 was partially blocked for approximately one hour and 16 minutes to clear the wreck.

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