WENATCHEE — A 21-year-old East Wenatchee man was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault early this morning after a pickup he was driving ran off Stemilt Creek Road and struck a power pole.
Four people in the pickup were injured, said John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff. The accident was reported at 1:30 a.m.
Mathew D. Putnam was arrested on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault in connection with two people who suffered the most significant injuries, Wisemore said. He was also arrested on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault for punching a sheriff’s deputy and for spitting on hospital staff who were treating him at Central Washington Hospital. After being examined for possible neck and back injuries, he was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
Neither the deputy nor hospital workers were seriously injured, Wisemore said.
Wisemore declined to release the names of the injured passengers, who were all male. He said a 21-year-old was ejected from the back of the truck and suffered a broken left leg. A 17-year-old was located semi-conscious in the bed of the truck and had suffered a severe head injury, a broken jaw and broken cheek bones. A 19-year-old, who had also been in the back of the pickup, was also injured but the extent was not known this morning. A 21-year-old man who was in the front passenger seat was the only occupant who was not injured.
Wisemore said deputies located an unloaded .45-caliber pistol, which had fallen from the pickup, near the driver’s door. Putnam and his passengers had been drinking alcohol and shooting the pistol in the Lilly Lake area before the accident, he said.