Olympia Man Who Attacked Paramedics Held Without Bail; Mental Health Issues Raised

The man accused of attacking paramedics last weekend at a Centralia gas station is currently being held in the Lewis County Jail without bail as he undergoes a mental health competency evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

During his brief appearance Thursday morning in Lewis County Superior Court, the 47-year-old Olympia man looked confused and remained silent when asked by his court-appointed defense attorney, Chris Baum, if he would be willing to agree to the conditions of release that would allow the defense and prosecution to negotiate bail.

Wade C. Buchanan, was at the Chevron gas station near the Interstate 5 northbound onramp on Mellen Street filling up his car when police say he “charged” at the three American Medical Response paramedics who were fueling up their ambulance shortly after 4:30 p.m. last Saturday.

Superior Court Judge James Lawler ordered Buchanan to undergo a mental health evaluation to determine whether he was mentally capable to understand court proceedings. Buchanan is currently held in the Lewis County Jail on a no-bail hold.