EVERETT — A Sultan-area man with four drunken driving convictions is now charged with a fifth after allegedly ramming a pickup truck into a home May 4.
Witnesses inside the home north of Sultan said the 67-year-old driver intentionally drove his Ford Ranger into the front of the house, shoving the front steps partially under the house, uprooting a large shrub and damaging the siding and screen door.
He allegedly had an argument with his girlfriend earlier in the day. She was inside when the crash happened. He also lived on the property, according to court papers.
One witness said that he looked outside and heard the driver revving the engine before ramming into the home and driving away.
Two hours later, the pickup returned to the property. Someone was able to go outside to the pickup and retrieve the keys. One witness described the driver as “hammered.”
Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly afterward.
The suspect initially insisted he had done nothing wrong and hadn’t been drinking and driving.
Later, he reportedly said he’d driven into the screen door, which is up from the front steps.
The four previous drunken driving convictions occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. He also has five prior domestic violence and harassment convictions, the two latest from 2014. He also has eight convictions for driving without a license.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.