Sunday driver accused of DUI blew .193, police say


A good Samaritan spotted an allegedly intoxicated driver, who was caught by Olympia police as he was sought to purchase more alcohol in a local grocery store, last Sun., Sept. 12.

Daniel Robert Williams, 66, was contacted just after 5 p.m. by an Olympia police officer as he was pushing a shopping cart in the meat section of Ralph’s Thriftway, with a single can of Foster’s beer in his cart.

The caller to 911 dispatch reported that Williams had collided with a trash can and almost hit another vehicle along the intersection of South Bay Rd NE and Phoenix St NE, ran a stop sign, then pulled into the parking lot of the grocery store. According to the police report, Williams allegedly got out of his vehicle and was “stumbling around” as he made his way toward the store.

The good Samaritan told the officer that “it should be pretty obvious who it is” when describing Williams.

According to the police report, Williams’ vehicle went over the fog line several times, almost collided with a large box truck and made a “wide turn that caused other drivers to swerve out of the way.”

Williams told police that he was going home after shopping and had only had consumed one and a half beers.

Williams allegedly let go of the shopping cart and stumbled slightly as he followed the officer out of the store, with his balance seeming “off” as if “his legs were about to give away from under him” according to the police report.

The Draeger breath test revealed a .193 blood-alcohol level, which is more than double the legal limit of 0.08 in the state of Washington.

Williams was booked into the Olympia city jail for driving under the influence.


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