Police Respond to Walmart Hit and Run

Police arrested a Skokomish man Wednesday morning for ramming other vehicles at the Shelton Walmart.

According to a news release, at approximately 8 AM, several citizens called 911 to report that a tan SUV was “ramming” vehicles in the Walmart parking lot. While law enforcement responded, several more calls were received, reporting people running throughout the lot to avoid the SUV.

A Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy was the first to arrive at the store in the 300 block of East Wallace Kneeland Boulevard. He tried to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver refused, creating significant safety issues for those in the parking lot.

As Shelton Police officers and additional deputies arrived, the suspect vehicle drove to the back of the parking lot and continued off of the paved lot. Officers positioned their vehicles to block the suspect vehicle’s path. Two police vehicles then struck the suspect vehicle and pinned it into a ditch.

The driver then refused to comply with officers’ commands to turn off the SUV and exit the vehicle. Officers were able to gain access to the vehicle through the passenger side and pull the driver out.

Washington State Patrol responded to investigte the collision involving law enforcement vehicles.

The driver, a 63-year-old Skokomish resident, was booked into Mason County Jail for Eluding, Malicious Mischief, Hit and Run, and Driving Under the Influence.