The Washington State Patrol is investigating a stolen vehicle that was impounded, after a high-speed chase last night began in Ocean Shores and ended on foot in Hoquiam.
Officer Chris Iversen with the Ocean Shores Police Department said it started just after 11 pm Sunday night. An officer stopped a small SUV for speeding in city limits. They discovered the vehicle was reported stolen out of Oregon. The driver refused to identify himself or get out of the vehicle. When the officer tried to remove him from the vehicle he rolled up the window and sped off heading towards Hoquiam.
Two Ocean Shore patrol cars gave chase but disengaged due to the high speeds. Two other officers set up to deploy spike strips in Grays Harbor City, but Iverson said the SUV must have blended in with traffic as he slipped through the area. Just before Hoquiam, a State Patrol and Hoquiam officer spotted him as he sped up again entering city limits. Police again disengaged due to the high speeds, and followed with caution.
Iverson said for an unknown reason the vehicle stopped near Central Elementary School and the driver and passenger fled on foot. Police located and detained the female passenger, but did not find the man.
The Washington State Patrol impounded the vehicle and will continue the investigation, the man faces felony charges of eluding a police vehicle from both the Ocean Shores Police Department and the State Patrol.