EVERETT — Four minutes before a six-car pileup on Broadway in Everett last month, a pub employee called 911 warning about the man who police believed caused the crash, according to newly released documents.
In the July 22 call, the woman told authorities that a man had arrived at the 7th Street Pub on Broadway in a black pickup truck, apparently drunk. As he stepped out of his vehicle, he hid a Mike’s Hard Lemonade in his pocket. She told him that he couldn’t come inside, according to a search warrant filed Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court.
The court documents provide new details into the crash and the chaotic circumstances surrounding it. The search warrant indicates the suspect is being investigated for three counts of vehicular assault.
According to the pub employee, the man then got into his truck, backed into her car, then took off southbound on Broadway, running red lights and driving at a high speed.
Another man and woman said a truck matching the same description passed by them, going 60 mph in the 2600 block of 15th Street, where the speed limit is 25 mph. He yelled at several people that someone was chasing him, but no one appeared to be following, the man and woman reported to Everett police.
Moments later, around 7:30 p.m., a pickup truck allegedly blew through the intersection of Broadway and California Street going at least 70 mph, T-boned a car, then barreled into four other vehicles, several witnesses reported.
Eight people ages 13 and 55 were treated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old Snohomish man, was later taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was rushed into surgery.
The search warrant provided details into the injuries suffered as a result of the crash.
One man suffered a broken arm and required several stitches for a head injury. His father, a passenger, was treated for rib fractures and a collapsed lung. A man in another vehicle suffered multiple fractured vertebrae.
Police were unable to conduct a breath test due to the suspect’s injuries, but obtained a blood sample that was sent for testing. They also found several open Budweiser cans strewn about inside and outside his truck.
Police expect to book the man into Snohomish County Jail once he’s released from the hospital.
The man has previous arrests for drinking and driving, including a DUI in Idaho in 2011, according to court records.
In 2015, he led a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy on an 11-mile chase on U.S. 2 near Sultan, reaching speeds of 85 mph, before running over spike strips and pulling over near Monroe. When he got out of the pickup, which was reported stolen, the deputy said it was apparent the man had been drinking.
“I was greeted with the intense and overwhelming odor of intoxicants coming from his person,” the deputy wrote.
The deputy asked the man if he was fine with putting people in danger. The man replied that he was a “great driver.”
He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail.
His medical current condition was unavailable Friday.