PASCO — A Pasco man's bail is set at $25,000 for injuring his wife and four children when he allegedly drove drunk and slammed his car into an SUV parked along Interstate 182.
Willie F. Anderson, 47, appeared Monday in Franklin County Superior Court and was ordered held on suspicion of vehicular assault.
Prosecutors must file charges by Wednesday afternoon or release Anderson. If charged, he will return to Superior Court on July 6.
Court documents don't disclose Anderson's blood-alcohol level in the Saturday night crash, but he reportedly had slurred speech, used an obscenity when talking to police and vomited a number of times at the scene and later in the hospital.
Keystone Light beer cans were also found inside his 1991 Ford Escort, Washington State Patrol Trooper Doug Lux wrote in his investigative report.
"(Anderson) admitted driving the vehicle but did not remember what happen(ed) prior to the collision," the report said. "I asked him to perform voluntary field sobriety tests. The defendant refused and wanted to know how his kids were doing."
Anderson does not have a driver's license or an identification card, Lux said.
At that point, Anderson was arrested for his alleged role in the wreck.
Troopers were sent to a two-vehicle crash at 9:44 p.m. on I-182 in Pasco, near milepost 11. Anderson had been eastbound when his Ford collided with a 1997 Chevy Suburban that was parked on the shoulder of the highway, the state patrol said.
Lux arrived eight minutes later and started asking paramedics about the childrens' injuries.
Passengers in the Ford included wife Mandy Anderson, 27, and children Willie III, Rebecca, Jessie and Dacota.
An initial report from the state patrol showed the two youngest children as ages 5 and 6, but said the older kids are 8 and 16. Lux's report shows them as 9 and 14.
The youngest child had cuts on the face and a possible broken jaw, the 6-year-old girl had "possible internal injuries" from a lap belt and the two oldest had unknown injuries, Lux wrote in his report. Mandy Anderson and the children were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Dacota was listed in satisfactory condition and Rebecca and Jessie were treated and later released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. Willie III, the only person not wearing a seat belt, was treated and released Sunday. Court documents show that Jessie and Dacota were not restrained in booster seats as is required by law.
The adults were not injured.
Willie Anderson allegedly had "noticeably bloodshot" and watery eyes and a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath. He asked for an attorney, vomited on the road and, once handcuffed and placed in Lux's car, "became agitated and began yelling at me while I was standing outside," Lux said.
He then took Anderson to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco to get his blood drawn to test the alcohol level. Anderson again got sick before he was removed from the car and a couple more times around the blood draw, Lux said.
Anderson refused to answer any of Lux's questions. He was booked in the Franklin County jail after being medically cleared.