PORT ORCHARD — A Fircrest man who caused a fatal car crash in November while allegedly driving while intoxicated was charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault Feb. 2.
According to court documents, Andrew David Tobler, 31, of Fircrest, had a blood alcohol level of .23, nearly three times the legal limit. He was booked into Kitsap County jail Feb. 4. Bail was set at $250,000.
According to court documents, “Tobler was drinking alcohol heavily the night before (Nov. 18-19) at his girlfriend’s house in Bremerton until at least 2 a.m.,” but then left her house due to a physical altercation with her. It is unknown where Tobler went afterward.
Around 5:20 a.m., a witness said he saw Tobler’s white 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck make an aggressive lane change and nearly cause a collision on westbound State Route 304.
Tobler then drove south on State Route 3 in Gorst at 5:21 a.m. and was transitioning to eastbound State Route 16.
At that time, Delyle Edgar Machacek, 71, of Belfair, pulled out of the Gorst 76 gas station in his blue 2004 Kia Rio. Machacek was a regular customer at the gas station, and had stopped to get a coffee while on his way to his job at PSNS.
Tobler rear-ended Machacek’s Kia, causing the Kia to lose control, cross the center median and travel into oncoming westbound traffic. The Kia then struck a gray 2010 Toyota Prius head-on. A 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that was driven by a 34-year-old Port Orchard man also struck the Kia.
Tobler’s Ford pickup flipped over and came to a stop on its roof.
Machacek was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tobler and another motorist were injured.
Tobler was placed in custody for DUI. A mini-mart security camera recorded at least part of the incident.
“Troopers on-scene indicated that Tobler was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck Machacek’s vehicle. On-scene troopers who spoke to Tobler at the scene indicated that he had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. Roadway evidence at the scene supports that Tobler was traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle impacted Machacek’s vehicle. Machacek’s vehicle had approximately five feet of intrusion into the rear of the vehicle,” the report stated.
A detective spoke with Tobler at Harrison Medical Center and said Tobler smelled of alcohol, had watery and bloodshot eyes, a flushed face and “thick, slurred speech.”
Tobler was “talkative and somewhat happy, then suddenly would become depressed and begin to cry.”
Tobler allegedly told nurses that he had taken a drug called Bupropion, which is used as an antidepressant and a smoking cessation aid. A warrant was signed to collect samples of Tobler’s blood for testing. Tobler was released at the time, as up to 60 days were estimated to be required to complete their investigation.