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Dog still missing after six-car crash Wednesday in Lacey

A Tacoma woman is still looking for her two-year-old Pomeranian, Theodore, after it bolted from the scene of a six-car crash at Martin Way East and College Street Southeast in Lacey Wednesday morning.
A Tacoma woman is still looking for her two-year-old Pomeranian, Theodore, after it bolted from the scene of a six-car crash at Martin Way East and College Street Southeast in Lacey Wednesday morning. Courtesy

A Tacoma woman is still looking for her 2-year-old dog, Theodore, after it bolted from the scene of a six-car crash at Martin Way East and College Street Southeast in Lacey Wednesday morning.

Sabrina Alkire said her dog — a mix of Pomeranian, dachshund and corgi — rarely leaves her side, but after she retrieved him from her car after the crash, she put him down and he took off, likely scared by what had happened.

“I put him on the ground and he ran out into College Street,” she said Thursday. He then ran in the direction of Hawks Prairie, she said.

Alkire said she wanted to drive after her dog, but she knew she couldn’t leave the scene of the crash.

Alkire said the dog was last seen alongside southbound I-5, about a quarter of mile before the Martin Way exit. Theodore isn’t wearing a collar, but he does have an identification chip, she said. Alkire is regularly checking Thurston County Animal Services to see if anyone has dropped the dog off.

A 24-year-old Lacey woman was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault Wednesday after she allegedly triggered the crash.

About 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lacey woman was westbound on Martin Way. Witnesses reported that she was driving recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic and even into oncoming traffic, Lacey police officer Dave Johansen said.

Alkire remembers the following: The Lacey woman allegedly sideswiped a car behind hers, then hit her car and continued on to hop the median and crash into a Subaru, she said.

Johansen said the driver attempted to leave the scene. The woman was not impaired, he said.

Alkire was not hurt, but a couple in their 80s were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Johansen said. The man was released Wednesday. His wife, who suffered a serious injury, was in stable condition Wednesday.

The crash delayed traffic at Martin Way and College Street for about an hour, Johansen said.

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