Thurston County Pursuit Ends With Fight With Suspect in Cow Dung


A pursuit in Thurston County ended in a fight between deputies and the suspect in a pile of cow dung, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. 

On Sunday night, deputies were dispatched to an auto theft in progress off of Waddell Creek Southwest. 

The reporting party said someone was on his property with a utility truck trying to steal a vehicle. A disturbance ensued, which resulted in the suspect ramming the calling party’s vehicle before running them over, according to the sheriff’s office. 

A deputy located the suspect vehicle leaving the area and initiated a pursuit for second-degree assault. Deputies engaged in a 20-minute, slow-speed pursuit before Chehalis Tribal Police assisted and successfully spiked the suspect vehicle, the sheriff’s office reported.

The suspect drove through a residential backyard and fled on foot into a cattle field. 

“That’s where things got messy,” the sheriff’s office reported. 

“Deputies pursued the suspect on foot across a field over barbed wire fences and tasered the suspect,” the sheriff’s office reported. “The suspect then fought with deputies in a thick, brown puddle. We have confirmed this puddle was cow dung.”

The suspect, who was not identified pending formal charges, was arrested for second-degree assault, hit-and-run, attempted auto theft and attempting to elude a police vehicle. 

“The victim was treated and released at the scene and our deputies are working on switching out their boots,” the sheriff’s office reported.


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