Man Held on $100,000 Bail for Saturday Crash in Centralia

By Natalie Johnson /

An Olympia man has been charged in Lewis County Superior Court in connection with a Saturday crash in Centralia that damaged three vehicles and broke a woman’s collarbone.

Joshua C. Shorb, 32, of Olympia, was charged Monday with vehicular assault. 

Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead asked for $150,000 bail, given the nature of the incident as well as Shorb’s criminal history. 

Superior Court Judge James Lawler imposed $100,000 bail and set Shorb’s next court date for Thursday.

Shorb has six prior felony convictions, including four convictions for violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act in 2011. Halstead said Shorb was in prison from 2012 through 2015 and was under supervision by the state Department of Corrections through 2016. 

He was wanted on a warrant in connection with a pending DUI case in Lynnwood Municipal Court at the time of the incident.

According to court documents and the Centralia Police Department, police responded at 12:29 p.m. Saturday to the intersection of East Bridge Street and Harrison Avenue in Centralia to a report of a three-vehicle crash. 

Police arrived at the scene to find three vehicles with significant damage — a silver Volkswagen Jetta, a blue Chevrolet Traverse and a gray Nissan Cube, which was driven by Shorb.

The driver of the Chevrolet had back and shoulder pain and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, where she was later diagnosed with a broken clavicle, or collarbone. 

The driver of the Volkswagen was not injured. According to court documents, he reported that he saw the Nissan driving southbound at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of traffic. 

The vehicle then went into a left-hand turn lane, jumped a concrete lane divider and hit the Volkswagen. 

The Nissan continued into the northbound lanes and hit the Chevrolet, according to court documents. 

Another witness reportedly saw the Nissan being driven erratically and hitting a curb before the crash occurred. The Nissan was allegedly going more than 50 miles per hour. 

As police were responding, Shorb was reportedly looking through his vehicle with “quick and erratic” movements, according to court documents. 

Police asked Shorb if he had recently consumed alcohol or drugs, which he denied. However, he allegedly performed “poorly” on field sobriety tests. 

Investigators obtained a warrant and blood sample and are waiting for a lab report, but indicated in court documents that Shorb is believed to have been under the influence of a narcotic at the time of the crash.