Man charged with vehicular assault

A man who drove a car off the road and caused a collision that seriously injured a passenger on North Whidbey last December is facing a felony charge, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged 30-year-old Everett resident William F. Holtz in Island County Superior Court Dec. 18 with vehicular assault.

Holtz was driving a Ford Ranger with two passengers on the night of Dec. 18. Traveling north on Jones Road, the vehicle left the roadway at a curve, continued through a grassy area, struck a large bolder, became airborne, went down an embankment and overturned, finally coming to a rest back on its wheels, the police report states.

A man who was riding in the bed of the truck was ejected during the crash. He suffered fractured vertebrae, a fractured sternum and fractured ribs. The other passenger had a laceration to the scalp.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol detected an odor of intoxicants on Holtz and obtained a warrant for a sample of his blood, the report states. Six months later, the officers received the results of the tests.

According to court documents, Holtz’s blood-alcohol level was 0.17, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. The level of THC in his blood was 5.4 mg/ml; the state set the limit at 5 mg/ml.

More in News

Family searching for missing service dog

A Whidbey family is asking the public for help in trying to… Continue reading

Man charged in police chase

An Oak Harbor man who allegedly has a history of leading police… Continue reading

Hitchhiker in red spotted | Island Scanner

The following were calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday,… Continue reading

Food-throwing incident leads to felony charge

A report of a food-throwing incident at an Oak Harbor restaurant turned… Continue reading

Nurse assaulted in ER, man arrested near hospital

Violence in hospital emergency rooms is a stark and growing problem nationwide,… Continue reading

Hospital, Sea Mar partner to provide opioid addiction treatment

There’s been more awareness of the opioid crisis in the last couple… Continue reading

I-976 may impact buses, ferries on Whidbey

Whidbey is an island where many people rely on ferry and bus… Continue reading

New system delays online posting of election data

For those on the edges of their seats in tense anticipation of… Continue reading

Veterans Day is commemorated across Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is serious about Veterans Day. The community is invited to… Continue reading

Most Read