A Seattle man is being held on a $25,000 bail for allegedly stealing a City of Centralia vehicle and crashing it into a hotel in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue on Sunday.
When contacted by Centralia Police Department officers, the defendant, Dustin Goodwin, allegedly stated “he had found the vehicle in Borst Park in Centralia and had taken the vehicle,” according to court documents.
A city employee reported the theft of the vehicle and told police that he was tasked with closing the city parks at night and had left the keys in the center console while he stopped by his nearby apartment, according to court documents.
Officers later confirmed that just prior to the incident, Goodwin had left the hospital against medical advice.
“He was not aware of the situation at the time,” said defense attorney Rachael Tiller during Goodwin’s preliminary appearance in Lewis County Superior Court on Oct. 11.
Goodwin’s next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14.