Chehalis Man Held on $250,000 Bail for Alleged Assault With Car

By The Chronicle

A Chehalis man accused of purposefully ramming his car into a vehicle with three occupants, one of whom has been a victim in several of his previous convictions, is being held on $250,000 bail in the Lewis County Jail.

Bert A. Holmes, 37, of Chehalis, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of three counts of second-degree assault, one of them a domestic-violence offense.

“The defendant’s history is alarming,” said Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer at Holmes’s first appearance in Superior Court Tuesday.

Meyer asked for $250,000 bail, which Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee agreed to.

According to court documents and the Centralia Police Department, officers with the Centralia Police Department responded at 7:55 p.m. Saturday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street to a report of an assault.

A woman reported Holmes was circling the area trying to find her when two people asked if she needed a ride. She got into their vehicle, and Holmes allegedly rammed the vehicle with his own.

“The defendant was described as gunning the engine, hitting their vehicle directly on the rear passenger area, pushing the car out of its parking lot,” according to court documents.

Holmes fled the area after the incident. He was arrested on Monday.

According to court documents, Holmes has prior convictions including residential burglary, harassment — threat to kill, violation of a no-contact order, fourth-degree assault and tampering with a witness, all involving the same victim.

“Obviously the defendant has a problem with the alleged victim in this matter,” Meyer said.

Holmes’ next court hearing is scheduled for June 22.