Thurston County Watch

A 39-year-old Yelm man was booked into Nisqually Jail the evening of Monday, June 15, on DUI and hit and run charges after allegedly driving a company vehicle through a chain link fence while intoxicated.

Yelm police responded to calls that evening of an erratic vehicle last seen on Yelm Terra Way. Officers made contact shortly before 9 p.m. with Brian Sanchez and his wife, who said he had just come home from work, according to police reports.

Officers observed a small cut on Sanchez’s forehead and noted that he smelled of alcohol and was stumbling around the roadway. His work van was previously identified as the vehicle involved in the hit and run.

After declining a field sobriety test, officers took Sanchez back to the Yelm Police Department for blood alcohol content testing.

During his first test, Sanchez reportedly blew a 0.172 and then a 0.180. Under state law, a person is guilty of driving under the influence when their alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08.

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