Thurston County Sheriff pursues stolen DUI vehicle, suspect in custody

Photo: Thurston Co. Sheriff

A multi-agency cooperation resulted in the capture of a suspect for multiple felony crimes, including eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle, this morning in West Olympia. It started when the vehicle took off from Tumwater PD and Sheriff Derek Sanders – who took office 5 days ago – happened to be in the area.

Tumwater units were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in a vehicle at the Texaco station at Old Hwy 99 at Henderson Blvd. A male and a female were reported to be fighting in the vehicle, described as a 1990s Mitsubishi Mirage.

Tumwater units caught up to the vehicle in the area of Henderson Blvd & 53rd Ave, where it struck a Tumwater PD patrol car as it fled from officers northbound on Henderson towards Yelm Hwy.

Sheriff Sanders caught up to the vehicle near Henderson Blvd & 14th Ave SE where he spotted it driving backwards through a roundabout. He established reasonable suspicion for DUI and attempted to pull the car over, but it continued onto I-5 south.

The vehicle returned stolen, to a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage that was stolen in Raymond on Wednesday. The vehicle continued northbound on US 101 to the Mud Bay Road exit, then eastbound on Mud Bay Road into Olympia city limits.

The vehicle then turned northbound on Yauger Way into the Grass lake neighborhood, where it collided with at least one parked car. It continued westbound on 6th Ave to Miter Dr NW at the dead end. The vehicle crashed into the tree line and the male driver and female passenger both fled on foot.

The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from nearby agencies, including Olympia Police and Evergreen Police, who assisted with perimeter. WSP’s airplane “Smokey” responded, as did K9 Igo and his handler from TCSO.

Smokey was able to guide Deputies on the ground, and K9 Igo, to where the suspect was in the wood line between Kaiser Rd NW and Overhulse Rd NW. Deputies took the suspect into custody behind the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Overhulse Rd.

Aid was requested for the suspect, who had been struck with bean bag rounds. He was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of eluding a pursuing police vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving under the influence, and hit and run. Chehalis Tribal Police also had probable cause for the suspect after he was involved in a vehicle prowling and eluding there last night.

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