Aberdeen man cornered in Grays Harbor City swamp

An Aberdeen man was cornered in a swamp North of Hoquiam this morning, after leading police on a car chase through Hoquiam, then foot chase through the woods of Grays Harbor City.

Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell with the Hoquiam Police Department tells us the 33 year old was driving with a suspended license when an officer attempted to pull him over downtown around 9 Wednesday morning. He sped down side streets toward State Route 109 where he ditched his car on Harborview Court and disappeared into the thick woods. About an hour and a half later, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s K9 unit found him in a swampy area near the bay. Mitchell said the chase adds felony eluding charges to driving on a suspended license. A passenger in the car, a Hoquiam transient, was also taken into custody on outstanding warrants from the Department of Corrections.

Detective Sergeant Shane Krohn tells KBKW on 07-30-14, Hoquiam Officers were conducting surveillance on a suspected drug location in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue.  While conducting the surveillance a vehicle belonging to a known drug dealer was seen at the location.  Officers observed two males and one female enter the vehicle and drive away from the location.

Officers attempted to intercept the vehicle, but the driver saw the officer and immediately fled at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle traveled through streets in the west end of Hoquiam at very high rates of speed.  The vehicle then turned west onto Emerson Avenue heading for Highway 109 with police in pursuit.

The driver and passengers abandoned the vehicle in a driveway on Harborview court in the Grays Harbor City Hills.

Officers were in a short foot pursuit of the suspects until they ran off into the heavily wooded area.  Containment was setup in the area and assistance from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s department Canine unit was requested.

Once the Canine team arrived and began their search one of the suspects, a 26-year old Aberdeen man, immediately surrendered saying “he had a warrant and it wasn’t worth getting bit for”.  The suspect was arrested on a confirmed Department of Corrections warrant and booked into the Hoquiam Jail.

The second man, a 33-year old Aberdeen man, was shortly located by the canine team but refused to surrender and was contacted by the canine.  The man was taken into custody and was treated and released at the hospital for a dog bite to his upper left arm.  The suspect was booked into the County Jail for Felony Eluding.

The female who was in the vehicle was located at the residence where the vehicle had been abandoned; no charges have been filed on her.