Republican Jimi O'Hagan, who recenlty lost out in the general election to incumbent Democrat Brian Blake for a 19th District House seat, has been charged with two felonies by the the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office.
O'Hagan is accused of possession of a stolen vehicle and first degree possession of stolen property. The charges have arisen from an ongoing dispute between O'Hagan and Raymond commercial fishermen/environmental consultant Brian Couch, who himself is the subject of a civil suit that was initiated in March 2016 by O'Hagan.
In the spring of 2016, O'Hagan allegedly took Couch's Suburban, and an air boat that was valued at $30,000, and held them ransom for money that Couch allegedly owed O'Hagan.
The property was initially borrowed, before O'Hagan filed a civil suit against Couch. Couch then asked the Pacific County Sheriff's Office to start an investigation after he could not retrieve the property himself. After the sheriff's department contacted O'Hagan, O'Hagan admitted to possessing the property but refused to return the property until he was paid, authorities say. O'Hagan was later notified by authorities that if he didn't return the property, that he would be charged with theft.
O'Hagan has claimed that the charges, which were filed shorltly before the election, are politically motivated.