An allegedly intoxicated 33-year-old man attempted to hit a pedestrian with his truck before rolling the vehicle away on Friday. He then threatened MPs who responded, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
MPs responded to a reckless driver reported around 5:45 p.m. near the North Milan Elk and East Deer Park Milan roads about 7 miles north of Chattaroy.
A woman told the sheriff’s office that Brandon Baumann, whom she knew, was driving an orange Chevrolet pickup truck at high speed. She said she got off the shoulder of the road and motioned with her hands for Baumann to slow down.
Baumann would have looked at her, cranked his engine, and swerved across the center line of the road, heading straight for her. She jumped back to avoid being hit, she told the sheriff’s office.
MPs also spoke to a witness who identified Baumann as the driver and provided a statement confirming the victim’s account of the incident.
Minutes later, as MPs spoke to the woman and witness, a possible personal injury accident on the 42900 block of North Elk Camden Road, northeast of the alleged assault attempt, was broadcast by radio.
MPs arriving at the crash observed a badly damaged orange 1978 Chevrolet truck on its side just off the northbound shoulder. The Chevrolet appeared to have rolled before colliding with a utility pole, cutting off power to the area.
Baumann claimed someone stole his truck, according to the sheriff’s office. A member of Parliament observed a lump and cut on Baumann’s head, and he refused medical treatment.
Baumann reportedly showed signs of intoxication and said he took “fun pills” without specifying what they were, in addition to the fact that they were prescription drugs. He also said he used an illegal substance, but later denied it, MPs said. He allegedly stated that he was not driving and that his truck had been stolen.
A witness at the scene told MPs she heard a loud noise just before the power cut. She stepped out onto the road and noticed that the utility pole was tilted over the road and the orange truck was on the side.
A man she believed to be Baumann crawled out of the vehicle’s rear window. When asked if he was okay, he reportedly ran east through the woods and towards a swamp. She remained at the scene and soon after noticed a vehicle being driven by an unknown man with Baumann in the passenger seat.
During his transport to hospital for a blood test, Baumann reportedly periodically smashed his head against the plexiglass partition, kicking the partition and windows of the patrol car. He is also said to have made numerous statements and threats against a Member of Parliament.
At the hospital, Baumann remained uncooperative and made several threats against a second deputy, the sheriff’s office said. According to a press release, the threats included that “he would look up her address and find her soon or recruit people to harm her.”
Baumann was held in Spokane County Jail on suspicion of attempted second-degree assault, two counts of intimidating an official and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
His bail was set at $ 20,000 and he was on bail Sunday night.