Thurston Co. Sheriff released from hospital after crash with DUI suspect

Apr 3, 2023, 6:43 AM | Updated: 8:52 am

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Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders is in satisfactory care at Harborview Medical Center Sunday after a car accident while on patrol, according to AM 770 KTTH’s Jason Rantz. (Thurston County Sheriff's Office)

(Thurston County Sheriff's Office)

Update 4/3 6:32 a.m.:

Sheriff Sanders was released from Harborview Medical Center in satisfactory condition around 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

Washington State Patrol says that Sanders was on patrol in Yelm when a pickup truck pulled out in front of his vehicle.

The other driver, a 29-year-old man from Yelm, is being investigated for possible DUI.


Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Sunday after a car accident while on patrol, according to AM 770 KTTH’s Jason Rantz.

Sanders was reportedly on a rare daytime patrol shift where he made at least one arrest for theft and felony impersonation (unrelated to the accident). The two-vehicle collision was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lawrence Lake Rd SE and 153rd Ave SE in Yelm.

Sheriff Sanders was driving his department vehicle when a Ford Ranger with a trailer attached to it pulled in front of him, according to a press release from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The 29-year-old suspect from Yelm allegedly showed signs of impairment, according to police. Sources told Rantz they suspect drug impairment.

A spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center confirmed late Sunday evening that Sanders was released from the hospital with no major injuries.

Sanders, 29, was elected as the youngest Thurston County Sheriff in history this January.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.


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Thurston Co. Sheriff released from hospital after crash with DUI suspect