Jacob Allen Wells, 18, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. Bail was set at $5,000.
An Olympia man has been accused of vehicular assault after a woman who fell out of a moving truck he was driving suffered a severe skull fracture and may have brain damage.
Jacob Allen Wells, 18, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. He faces one count of vehicular assault, driving under the influence of drugs, third-degree driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Bail was set for $5,000, and his arraignment was set for May 17.
According to court documents, Lacey police responded to a call shortly before 10 p.m. on April 29 about a female who had fallen out of a moving truck and hit her head in the parking lot at 1401 Galaxy Drive N.E.
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The woman was among “multiple people” who had been sitting in the back of the box truck while the back door was open, court documents say. A bystander said the vehicle was being driven recklessly when the woman fell out.
The woman suffered a severe skull fracture and possible brain damage, according to court documents.
The driver, later identified as Wells, initially denied being behind the wheel when the incident occurred, court papers say.
Upon a search of the truck, officers found a 2-foot glass bong and a jar of marijuana. A drug-recognition expert with the Washington State Patrol determined Wells had recently consumed marijuana, the papers say.
At the scene, Wells denied using marijuana that day, and police report that he did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol. Police also discovered that Wells had warrants for reckless driving and third-degree driving with a suspended license.