Suspected DUI Driver Strikes Bicyclist, Flips Car into Creek

A 48-year-old Belfair man was arrested over the weekend after striking a bicyclist in downtown Shelton and flipping his car into Goldborough Creek. According to the Shelton Police Department, officers responded to reports of an overturned vehicle in the creek near the intersection of South 1st Street and Park Street about 6 PM Saturday.

Upon arrival, officers located the uninjured male driver of the vehicle who extricated himself from the car after it went into the creek. A news release says the driver demonstrated obvious signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or other intoxicants.

Officers determined the suspect was attempting to turn onto Park Street from South 1st Street when he collided with a bicyclist before flipping his car into Goldsborough Creek. The 25-year-old female cyclist was transported to Mason General Hospital with minor injuries. She was not wearing a helmet.

The suspect was arrested at the scene for investigation of driving under the influence but refused to consent to a breath test. Officers then authored a search warrant to obtain a blood sample as evidence of the driver’s level of intoxication. A judge granted the warrant at approximately 7:30 PM. The driver was then booked into Mason County Jail. Authorities says the driver has a prior DUI charge from 2015.

The Shelton Police Department would like to thank the witnesses who stopped and rendered aid to the bicyclist and driver, and provided statements to the officers. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441.