An alleged intoxicated driver hit a building in downtown Shelton Sunday night.
According to a news release, a Shelton Police officer attempted to stop the suspected drunk driver around 11 PM after observing a vehicle driving in an erratic manner in the downtown area. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed heading east on West Cota Street. Less than 30-seconds later, the vehicle went off the roadway and drove into a building on the southeast corner of South 2nd Street and West Cota Street. The building was unoccupied at the time of the collision.
After striking the building, the suspect reversed the vehicle and struck the officer’s patrol car, hitting the push bumpers and causing no damage. The officer then pulled the suspect from the vehicle and placed the driver under arrest.
The incident was investigated by the Washington State Patrol. The suspect was arrested for driving under the Influence. The building struck sustained structural damage, and will be inspected today by the City’s building inspection division.
“We are very fortunate that no one was hurt or killed during this incident,” said Captain Fiola.