A love triangle gone wrong had near-tragic consequences Thursday, sending one man to the hospital and another behind bars.
Thomas P. Nolan, 39, of Longview, intentionally ran over the boyfriend of his estranged wife — while the woman was in car with him — Longview police said.
Nolan was westbound on Delaware Street and saw his wife’s boyfriend, Capt. Robert Huhta said. Nolan then “veered off the roadway and drove his car over the victim.”
Police said Nolan then jumped out of the car and fled on foot.
The victim, later identified as Nickolas Peterson, 34, of Longview, was taken to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview with cuts and bruises and was undergoing tests. Peterson was later released with a broken foot.
Witnesses said Nolan’s 1996 black Ford Explorer sped up before jumping the curb and hitting the victim. Nolan reportedly continued driving forward, running the victim over.
Tammy Nolan and her husband had separated in April after being married for several years. After the separation, she began dating the victim, who had been a family friend for nearly 25 years.
“Tommy didn’t like that,” Tammy Nolan said.
Earlier Thursday, she had been serving jury duty and asked her husband to pick her up at the courthouse to take her to work, she said.
As they were driving down the street, Thomas Nolan spotted the other man.
“When he saw him, he just gunned it,” she said. “I was trying to get out of the car so I could call 911.”
She said when she realized what her husband was about to do she yelled at him to stop, then tried to jump from the car but was unable to get out. When the vehicle stopped, she got out and called 911.
When police arrived, Tammy Nolan told the officers she thought her husband might try to injure himself because of what he had just done. She also said Thomas Nolan admitted to having used methamphetamine a day earlier. Officers caught Thomas Nolan a short time later.
“He’s not usually like this,” Tammy Nolan said. Thomas Nolan was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault. He could face additional charges.