Man Attempts to Elude Officers by Hiding in Hoquiam River

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Pacific Beach man tried to escape arrest yesterday by swiming back and forth across the Hoquiam river. Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimental tells us the pursuit began when a Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the man passing another vehicle in a no passing zone just West of Hoquiam. The man abandoned his 92 Honda Accord, and passenger, in the Hoquiam Shipyard parking lot, before jumping into the river. When he was met by Hoquiam officers on the other side, he attempted to swim back and forth until he tired out and surrendered to officers.
Pimental said the 28 year old was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail on multiple charges after being treated for possible hypothermia, his female passenger was cited for providing a false statement to an officer.