Winlock man faces possible vehicular assault charge after Monday motorcycle crash in Pierce County 


A Winlock man is facing a possible vehicular assault charge after he crashed a motorcycle into another vehicle while carrying a passenger on southbound Interstate 5 in Pierce County on Monday.

The crash was reported at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The motorcycle reportedly rear-ended a blue 2002 Subaru Forester driven by a 53-year-old Lacey man at about milepost 116 on southbound Interstate 5. The driver of the Subaru was not injured. 

Both the motorcycle driver, identified by the Washington State Patrol as Scott A. Beutler, 43, and his passenger, a 44-year-old Seattle woman, were transported to the Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for medical treatment. 

The roadway was blocked for approximately three hours following the crash. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the Washington State Patrol. As of Tuesday afternoon, the State Patrol had not determined whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved.