Police arrested a Guatemalan man in connection with suspected vehicular assault after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed into two trees Monday afternoon near Doty, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The passenger in the vehicle, a 35-year-old Shelton woman, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a possible lacerated liver and a large cut to her forehead.
The man, 35-year-old Alonzo Sontiago Gonzole, was driving on the 400 block of Elk Creek Road at about 1:30 p.m. when his car left the road, hit two trees, then came to rest back on the road, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies responded, they said, Gonzole smelled like alcohol and had a difficult time keeping his balance.
He was transported to the hospital then later booked into jail, according to the sheriff’s office. He refused to cooperate with police or give his name.
Gonzole has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on him, which means he will be held in custody until his legal status has been determined.