Clallam County deputies: Sequim man hit state patrol office building, fled scene

A Sequim man was arrested and booked into Clallam County Jail for investigation of two counts of hit and run and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol after law enforcement officials say he struck the Washington State Patrol office on Old Olympic Highway.

Todd Alstrup, 48, of Sequim, was arrested following a second incident on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, and law enforcement officials believe he was responsible for striking the state patrol building with his vehicle.

He was being held Monday in the Clallam County jail on $20,000 bail.

A sergeant with the Washington State Patrol was working inside WSP’s Port Angeles Detachment Office at 62 Old Olympic Highway when at about 9:40 p.m. a vehicle struck a corner of the building, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.

The collision did not cause any injuries but caused extensive damage to the building’s brick and masonry siding, pushing the exterior wall in about 12 inches.

The driver fled the scene before the trooper could exit the building, the sheriff’s office noted.

About 15 minutes later, Clallam County deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1700 block of South Bagley Creek Road in Port Angeles, to a report of a vehicle that had driven through a fence and across a yard. Deputies found Alstrup and the vehicle, a Toyota Highlander.

Deputies investigating the two scenes identified physical evidence linking Alstrup’s vehicle to the damaged state patrol building and as a result of the investigation developed probable cause that he was responsible for the hit-and-run, the sheriff’s office said.