A high speed pursuit in Hoquiam ended in Aberdeen Tuesday, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen with the Hoquiam Police Department tells us at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to a suspicious person, possible burglary in progress, in the 1900 block of Panama Avenue. A description of the suspect and vehicle involved was given to officers while they were en-route.
The vehicle passed a Hoquiam unit on 16th Street. As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle it accelerated attempting to get away. A pursuit ensued through downtown Hoquiam, over the Simpson Avenue Bridge, and then onto Bay Avenue, where the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Due to traffic conditions and the erratic driving of the suspect, Sgt. Salstrom advised all units to terminate the pursuit at Myrtle Street.
The vehicle continued east on Industrial where it passed an APD patrol car at an extremely high rate of speed. The Aberdeen unit turned and activated its emergency lights and siren. The vehicle was well ahead of the APD unit. The vehicle was seen making the turn in front of the Home Depot Store.
Hoquiam and Aberdeen units responded to the area and found the suspect vehicle had collided with two vehicles at the intersection of Industrial and Commerce. The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 32-year old Hoquiam man, sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital, as was the driver of the mini-van which had been struck from the rear by the suspect vehicle. The extent of the injuries to the two men is unknown at this time. The driver of the 3rd vehicle was not injured.
The Hoquiam Total Station team was dispatched to the accident scene to map the scene.
Hoquiam Detectives responded to Panama Avenue and discovered the residence had been burglarized and the vehicle involved in the pursuit had been stolen from the location. This was confirmed by the resident who had been at work at the time of the burglary. The home owner also verified items found in the vehicle had been taken from his residence.
The case is still being investigated and more information will be released at a later time.