A man driving an estimated 80 mph allegedly side-swiped an Intercity Transit bus while attempting to pass it and then drove against the flow of traffic away from the accident scene on Harrison Ave. in Olympia just before 9 p.m. last Sunday, July 25.
Connor Patrick, 25, was identified as the driver of a red minivan. Patrick’s parents told Olympia police that Patrick has been off-medication since January 2021, causing him to display extreme manic episodes with increased consistency.
The hit-and-run incident was recorded on Intercity Transit’s surveillance video, according to Olympia Police, who report that they reviewed the video and confirmed the driver’s description of the incident.
According to the police report, Patrick has generated at least five other calls to 911 for reckless driving behavior in the past three weeks. OPD reported that whenever law enforcement has attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Patrick’s minivan, the driver has failed to yield and only proceeded to drive more recklessly.
A different reporting party contacted 911 dispatch at 9:04 p.m., stating that a mini-van was “burning rubber” in the middle of the road near the 9th Ave SE and Franklin St SE intersection. The driver of the minivan left his vehicle, then allegedly broke several windows of his ex-girlfriend’s house at the 900 block of Franklin St SE, and sped away.
Several Olympia police officers responded to this call, eventually, blocking the front and rear of the vehicle from leaving. A foot pursuit following after Patrick abandoned the mini-van.
Patrick was apprehended by an Olympia police officer and then booked at the Olympia Jail for domestic violence property damage, reckless driving, and hit-and-run collision.
These events happened on the first day that new laws regarding policing procedures took effect.