Fleeing fugitive falls … in fertilizer field


Like a scene from “Back to the Future,” a 20-minute pursuit of an auto theft suspect ended in a brawl in a thick puddle of cow dung, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) reported in a Facebook post yesterday.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported auto theft on Waddell Creed Road SW on Sunday night, the TCSO reported. The 911 caller said someone with a utility truck was on his property and attempting to steal a vehicle.

The suspect rammed into the reporting party’s vehicle before running him over, the TCSO said. The caller was treated and released at the scene.

A deputy arrived just as the suspect was leaving. Deputies then spent 20 minutes pursuing the suspect for second-degree assault, until Chehalis Tribal Police successfully spiked the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect drove through a residential backyard before fleeing on foot into a cattle field, where he was tasered by deputies.

“The suspect then fought with deputies in a thick, brown puddle” the TCSO said. “We have confirmed this puddle was cow dung.”

The suspect was booked for second-degree assault, hit and run, attempted auto theft and attempt to elude a police vehicle.

A look at The JOLT’s Blotter revealed the suspect to be Paul Arthur Conroy, 64.


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  • JulesJames

    Hoping Mr. Conroy is required to pay for new TCSO uniforms.

    Monday, February 6, 2023 Report this

  • FirstOtter

    Let's break his legs, too.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Report this

  • FirstOtter

    Any bets the utility vehicle was stolen? Thanks, too, for the name. And kudos to the Tribal police for catching the thief.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Report this