After colliding with a light pole and allegedly committing a DUI, a 21-year-old Olympia resident blamed an eyewitness for contacting police on Sunday.
Caitlin Roth allegedly drove her Nissan truck up over a curb, hitting a light pole and small tree, toppling the speed limit sign at the 3100 block of Williamette Drive NE in Lacey on May 9, 2021 just after 9 p.m.
When Lacey Police arrived, according to the report, Roth yelled at the eyewitness who called 911, saying “Yeah, thanks for calling the police.”
Roth told Lacey Police that she had been driving back from Walmart after purchasing a pair of shoes so that she could longboard. According to the police report, the officer smelled a “strong odor of intoxicants” and noticed Roth’s eyes were watery.
Roth was evaluated by Lacey Fire Department responders but denied treatment several times, including a c-collar to be placed on her.
Roth agreed to take a voluntary field sobriety test. During the preliminary breath test, she blew a 0.93 and claimed that she had only drunk an Angry Orchard hard cider drink. Roth admitted that she had been arrested for a DUI on a previous occasion.
The eyewitness who called 911 told Lacey Police that she was stopped on the overpass of I-5 and Marvin Rd NE when she observed Roth’s Nissan slam on the brakes to stop at a red light. The eyewitness decided to follow the Nissan onto Hogum Bay Road as it was “going very fast and driving erratic,” then observed the truck enter the roundabout at Williamette Dr. NE and 31st Ave NE, swerving into the curb, hitting the light pole and tree.
The eyewitness said that she never saw the Nissan’s brake lights before the collision and that Roth was in the driver’s seat when the eyewitness approached the truck after the crash.
Roth allegedly threw a cigarette out the window while talking to the eyewitness.
Roth was booked into the Nisqually Jail for driving under the influence.