Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police joined forces to arrest a 60-year old Aberdeen man wanted on Reckless Endangerment and Hit and Run charges after police say he almost struck a couple of officers trying to arrest him last weekend. Officers first made contact with the suspect, who was wanted for a Reckless Endangerment and Hit and Run in Aberdeen on Saturday, April 27th in Aberdeen.

The suspect resisted arrest, and a brief struggle ensued. Once secured in handcuffs, the suspect was found to be in possession of suspected heroin and methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into the Aberdeen Jail.

A press release from the Aberdeen Police Department said that the arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred just after 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of South Michigan Street in Aberdeen. Two officers working a proactive enforcement detail observed a commotion with multiple people at the foot of Michigan St. by the railroad tracks. While investigating, they made contact with the suspect seated in a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The officers recognized the suspect from previous law enforcement contacts, and immediately observed multiple baggies of street narcotics in open view. They engaged the suspect with verbal commands at the passenger side door. The suspect quickly started the pickup, placed it in reverse gear, and began backing away. The officers jumped back from the opened door as the suspect rapidly backed away. The suspect side-swiped their police vehicle, but neither the officers nor any pedestrians in the area were struck or injured.

The suspect backed out onto State St., forcing a loaded log truck to stop, as he fled the scene westbound at a high rate of speed. He was last seen running the stop sign at State and Park St.