Pe Ell marshall resigns following DUI accusations
A former Montesano man recently hired as a Pe Ell town marshal and accused of drunken driving in the patrol car has resigned.
The mayor told the city council this week that Anthony Corder resigned, saying, “He figured he wasn’t cut out to be a police officer.”
The Chronicle reports the 27-year-old former Marine from Montesano was hired in February as Pe Ell’s sole law enforcement officer and was scheduled for training.
According to the Chronicle, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said Lewis County dispatch received a phone call about a suicidal subject in Pe Ell at about 1 am on April 11.
“We were advised it was the town marshal, Anthony Corder, and that he had been drinking,” Mansfield said.
Corder’s ex-girlfriend had called police and said he was “highly intoxicated” and told her he was going to burn her house down and shoot himself, according to the police report.
The woman told deputies she did not know where he was, but said the last time he called her when drunk, he was at his city office, where he later passed out, the report states.
Corder did a preliminary breath test that resulted in a .235 blood alcohol content, according to the report released to the Chronicle. About two hours later, at the jail, he submitted two additional tests that registered at .184 and .186.
Pe Ell’s former marshal, Steve Dawes, announced his resignation Jan. 2. He resigned after the mayor reportedly deemed the town’s patrol car unsafe and took it out of use, leaving Dawes to use his personal vehicle to travel to and from work.
The Chronicle previously reported that Corder, who recently moved to Pe Ell, was the sole applicant for the job.
Corder was not on duty at the time of his arrest earlier this month by a sheriff’s deputy. He pleaded not guilty last week to driving under the influence.