A construction worker was trapped in a hole for about an hour Friday morning at the Costco gas station on Martin Way in Hawks Prairie.
Lacey Fire Chief Steve Brooks said fire crews arrived at the gas station about 8:30 a.m. to find Tyler Clark buried in dirt and gravel in a construction pit.
Lacey police Sgt. Matt Koehler said two other construction workers were attempting to free Clark and refused to stop and let firefighters help.
Officers tried to remove the two men from the scene. One of the men complied and moved away, but the other man pushed an officer into the hole, Koehler said. The man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and booked into the Thurston County Jail.
“They were trying to help, and we understand that,” Koehler said. “But the firefighters have training for this type of thing. They were the ones that needed to handle it.”
The officer wasn’t injured — he was just covered in dirt, Koehler said.
Firefighters were eventually able to free Clark from the hole. He was examined by medics and appeared unharmed; he refused further medical treatment.
“He was awake and talking to responders throughout (the rescue),” Brooks said.
Clark’s mother, Kristie Wilson, arrived on the scene shortly after the rescue. Her arrival was just a coincidence — she was taking her niece to the gas station to buy gas.
“We pulled up and saw everyone there, and I thought, ‘This is where Tyler works,’ ” Wilson said. “I’m a mom. I had a gut feeling that something was wrong.”
She learned that the emergency vehicles were there to help her son.
“I was scared; I was really shaken up,” Wilson said. “He says he’s OK, but he seems a little shaken up.”
The state Department of Labor & Industries was investigating the incident Friday, said spokeswoman Elaine Fischer.