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Driver plows into gas pumps, allegedly on purpose

A Tacoma man is awaiting an Aug. 7 trial in Kitsap County Superior Court after he allegedly tried to injure his passenger by driving his truck into the gas pumps at the 76 station on Burwell Street last month.

John W. McIntyre, 38, was driving his 1991 GMC Sonoma pickup truck June 18 when his girlfriend called from Tacoma, requesting a ride, according to court documents.

He and his 55-year-old passenger reportedly had no money or gas and were trying to find some when McIntyre became enraged. The victim said McIntyre threw the cell phone at him and then disconnected the victim’s seat belt. McIntyre then drove the truck over an embankment and into the parking lot of the 76 Station, according to the victim.

“(The victim) said he told McIntyre to ‘cool it’ telling McIntyre he would help him get money or gas,” the report stated.

McIntyre then allegedly said, “ ... Let’s just get it over with, let’s just end it” and accelerated directly into the gas pumps just before 10 p.m.

The victim reportedly braced for the impact, crossing his arms in front of his chest and putting his leg up to the dash. He said his head hit the windshield and he was thrown into the back of the pick-up’s cab. He added that he could hear people standing around telling them to get out of the truck after the crash, but when he tried to get McIntyre out of the truck he was elbowed and kicked.

The victim sustained a concussion and lower back pain, according to court documents.

The crash resulted in extensive damage to the pumps as well as McIntyre’s pickup. Gas quickly began to leak from the pumps. An employee of the gas station used an emergency shut-off switch to to turn them off.

McIntyre remained uncooperative when Bremerton police arrived, refusing to get on the ground.

“You are going to have to shoot me to stop me!” he screamed at police.

He began walking toward the officer while tearing off his shirt.

McIntyre continued his antics, yelling “You are going to have to shoot me now because I am not going easy.”

He told officers he was sick of the system and of the high gas prices, according to reports. He added that he was trying to get some money to buy gas, but no one would give it to him. When asked if he intended to destroy the gas station, he replied, “Not the station but the gas.” He admitted that he “just lost it.”

When asked if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, McIntyre told the officer, “No, but I could use some.”

He is currently in Kitsap County Jail for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon — a Class A felony which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. His bail is set at $50,000.

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