Stolen Animal Services Van Involved in Large Collision
Auto Theft Suspect Caught after Causing Accident
On February 1, at about 5:50 p.m., Olympia Police Officers responded to a five-vehicle collision at the intersection of Sleater Kinney Road and Martin Way. At the scene, officers discovered a Thurston County Animal Services work van had crossed through the intersection eastbound and collided head on into another vehicle waiting at a stop light to turn south. The impact was strong enough to push that vehicle backward into three other vehicles waiting in line behind it. The driver of the Animal Services vehicle fled the scene. No animals were in the van. Minor injuries were reported by some of the vehicle occupants in the turn lane.
Investigating officers quickly contacted Animal Services and learned the van was stolen. The suspect entered the fenced, locked parking lot of Thurston County Animal Services located in the 3000 block of Martin Way East (just west of the collision site). He prowled several work vehicles and eventually entered a work van and stole it. He drove the van out of the parking lot, breaking through the Animal Services locked gate, and entered rush-hour commuting traffic eastbound on Martin Way, where he then caused the collision at the Sleater Kinney intersection.
While at the collision scene, employees of a nearby tractor supply store contacted officers and reported a suspicious man was hiding in the back of their store. Officers contacted the man, and with the help of witnesses and victims of this matter, were able to identify him as the person who had burglarized the Animal Services parking lot, stolen the van and caused the collision.
David Santos, 30 years of age, was booked into the Thurston County Jail for the crimes of Burglary, Auto Theft and Hit-and-Run.