A man from Seaside, Ore., was arrested Thursday in connection with burglaries at the Central Park Chevron station and Mary’s River Lumber.
At about 1:30 a.m., deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the Chevron station on Highway 12 near Central Park Drive. A passer-by also called to report a white Volvo station wagon with black trim was seen in the parking lot while the alarm was going off.
Deputies found a window of the entrance door had been broken, several items were on the floor, and cigarettes, lottery tickets and packets of jerky had been taken. After reviewing surveillance equipment, deputies found the suspect was a Hispanic or Native American man in his late 20s to early 30s who fled in a white Volvo.
While deputies were processing that scene, Montesano Police officers responded to a burglary complaint at the Mary’s River Lumber mill on Highway 107.
Officers received information about a vehicle collision just south of the mill on Hwy 107, and deputies arrived on that scene to find a white Volvo matching the one seen at the Chevron station.
The 31-year-old Native American man had apparently gone off the highway and struck a ditch hard enough to deploy the car’s air bags. The driver complained of medical issues and was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital, where a Washington State Patrol trooper took a blood sample for investigation of driving under the influence, and the man was treated and released to police.
He was arrested for second-degree burglary, criminal trespass and DUI.