An allegedly intoxicated man hit an Amazon delivery van, then sped away before being stopped by Olympia police a few blocks from the scene of the accident, on Monday, July 26.
Michael Casino, 51, of Olympia, allegedly failed to yield at a red light at the intersection of Washington St. and Legion Way in downtown Olympia at 4:38 p.m., hitting an Amazon delivery truck. The driver told police that his right shin was bruised in the collision. The audio interview of the driver is below this story.
Olympia police arrived at the scene in two minutes, according to their report. While officer was talking with the Amazon driver, another officer located Casino’s vehicle behind the Olympia Supply Company at 625 Columbia St NW. Casino was in the bed of the truck.
Casino he told them that he had been riding his bicycle on Pacific Ave SE on his way to work in Tumwater and had discovered his vehicle with the doors allegedly open, so he got inside the vehicle. Video recording of Casino provided to police by two eyewitnesses showed Casino entering the rear of the truck and pulled out a bike backpack shortly before law enforcement had arrived.
During the a search of the area surrounding the vehicle, police discovered Casino’s backpack, hidden behind some bushes next to his vehicle, according to the police report.
Positively identified as the vehicle’s driver who allegedly caused the accident, Casino was taken into custody and administered a Draeger test of 0.18, which is more than two times the legal limit of 0.08 in the state of Washington.
Casino was also driving while his license to do so was suspended.
Casino was booked into the Thurston County Jail with charges of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
This is the audio police interview of the Amazon delivery driver whose van was allegedly hit by Michael John Casino on July 26, 2021.