Car Hits Trees, Bursts into Flames

A 19-year-old Shelton man could be charged with vehicular assault after the car he was driving crashed at the intersection of State Route 102 and Eells Hill Road and burst into flames early Friday morning.

According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was eastbound on West Eells Hill Road about 1:45 AM. As the car approached the intersection with SR-102, the driver failed to stop at the stop sign, crossed both lanes of the highway, went into the trees and, “upon impact, burst into flames.”

Both the driver and his passenger were injured and transported to Mason General Hospital in Shelton.

The memo indicates that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash and lists “DUI” as cause of the crash. Under charges, the memo says, “Driver – DUI.”

The Mason County Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether charges will be file and the driver is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The State Patrol identified the driver as Joshua A. Bruland, 19 of Shelton, and the passenger was identified as Eric A. Bruland, 55 of Shelton.