Toledo man faces possible felony DUI charge after passenger injured in Chehalis crash


A 27-year-old Toledo man is facing a possible felony DUI charge after crashing a vehicle on Interstate 5 in Chehalis on Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

Forrest C. Swanson was entering the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the 13th Street on-ramp in a 2005 Dodge Ram at about 6:30 p.m. when the crash occurred. According to the state patrol, Swanson failed to merge safely and lost control of the vehicle, which came to rest in the median. 

There were two passengers in the vehicle: Marcus A. Cadwell, 27, of Chehalis, and Sierra K. Strom, 22, of Vader. 

Strom was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. Swanson and Cadwell were not injured. 

Swanson and both passengers were wearing seat belts. 

Swanson was booked into the Lewis County Jail at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, according to jail records. 

The state patrol is recommending a charge of felony DUI for Swanson, noting that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

The Dodge Ram was totaled.