Truck Wash Owner Accused of Filling Trucker’s Fuel Tank With Water After Payment Dispute
Pasco, WA – A truck wash owner is under investigation after an incident between he and a trucker resulted in the “malicious” contamination of 160 gallons of diesel fuel.
According to a post from the Pasco Police Department (PPD), the incident started when a local trucker took his semi-truck and trailer to a truck wash in Pasco.
PPD did not disclose the name or location of the truck wash and did not release names of those involved.
While eye-witness accounts vary slightly, PPD reported the trucker paid up front to have only his tractor washed.
In addition, the driver tipped employees $40.
According to authorities, the employees proceeded to wash both the tractor and the trailer, “reporting that the driver told them to.”
The owner of the wash demanded to be paid for both washes and the driver refused, stating he only paid for a tractor wash.
As tensions escalated, officers were called to the scene.
Upon learning of the situation, police informed the owner they could not force the driver to pay for the tractor wash that the driver claimed he did not order.
PPD also reported they told the owner he “could not hold the tractor and trailer” as a result of non-payment.
The disputed amount was less than $70, according to police.
At that time, authorities say, “the owner walked off toward the truck wash bay.”
A short time later, the owner was located “pulling a water hose out of the diesel tank of the semi tractor.”
The water from the hose mixed with approximately 160 gallons of diesel, contaminating two fuel tanks.
The owner was handcuffed and put in a patrol car until he agreed to pay for a commercial tow to take the semi to a nearby pump station to have the contaminated fuel removed.
Additionally, PPD said the owner paid to have the fuel replaced.
However, due to the delay, the trucker told police he missed a load pickup.
Police were quick to point out had the owner not been caught putting the water in the fuel tanks, the damage and cost would have been much more severe if the trucker attempted to drive off, not realizing what the owner had done.
“No matter how bad it is, it can always get worse. Stop making it worse,” PPD reminded the public.
The case will be forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and the truck wash owner may face charges, authorities said.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reached out to PPD to inquire about the name of the truck wash where the incident occurred, but as of publishing, have not heard back.
However, commenters on social media were quick to point out the similarities between the posted photo and Blue Banner Truck Wash, located on North Commercial Avenue in Pasco.
Others speculated the incident took place at A1 Truck Wash, located on the same road as the Blue Banner.
Additionally, dozens of comments were left under the post, imploring PPD to name the truck wash and sharing mostly unfavorable experiences at both truck wash locations.
TNN will update this story if and when we hear back from PPD.
Photo courtesy PPD