Early Sunday morning, November 1, 2015, Deputies were dispatched to a possibly occupied burglary in progress within the Grapeview area. One of the responding Deputies crashed, sustaining a serious cut to his head and totaling his patrol vehicle. No other persons or vehicles were involved.
Witnesses stated that it was raining hard during the time of the accident and there were patches of standing water along the highway.
Deputy Sheriff Nathan Smith, 38, was taken via ambulance to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton where he was treated for a large cut to his head. He was then released.
Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that he is relieved that Deputy Smith was not more seriously injured or killed due to the nature of damage to his patrol vehicle. Driving a newer style patrol vehicle that meets or exceeds the industry standard, along with Deputy Smith wearing his seat belt, most likely contributed to Deputy Smith not sustaining any further injury or death.
Sheriff Salisbury also said that this should be a warning to everyone during the downpours that all drivers need to be aware of standing water on the roadways; that even professionally trained drivers can fall victim to harsh weather hazards.
The Washington State Patrol responded and conducted a traffic accident investigation which occurred within the 17000 block of State Route 3. The crash area is about 16 miles north of Shelton. No other information is available due to the ongoing investigation.