A Taholah man was arrested after a high-speed police chase ended in a wreck in Aberdeen on Christmas Eve. The Washington State Patrol report said a 2002 Cadillac Escalade was speeding through East Aberdeen actively fleeing a Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy when it failed to negotiate the curve near Hartman’s Five Star Ford Dealership, the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a concrete barrier just before 8 PM Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old driver was not injured, was arrested (and remains held) on felony eluding and drug-related charges. A 19-year-old female passenger from Hoquiam was also uninjured.
A second vehicle nearby was damaged when the Escalade struck the concrete barrier throwing pieces of the wreckage at a 2019 Jeep Cherokee on the Five Star lot.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said in a Thursday press release that a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old Aberdeen resident on Lincoln Street in Hoquiam. The State Patrol report referred to the driver as being from Taholah, likely because his driver’s license information was outdated.
The suspect had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. The suspect failed to yield and the deputy started pursuing the vehicle. The vehicle fled into the city of Aberdeen. Spike strips had been set up in Aberdeen to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspect changed directions prior to getting to the location of the spike strips. The suspect’s vehicle eventually struck the concrete jersey barrier in front of Five Star Ford and came to a stop. The suspect was taken into custody and was not injured during the collision. A female passenger was in the vehicle and was not injured in the collision.
Deputies continued the investigation and recovered a firearm which was believed to have been thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit. A search warrant was served on the vehicle and deputies located suspected heroin, methamphetamine and ammunition.
The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor for drug charges, felon in possession of a firearm and felony eluding. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Hoquiam PD, Aberdeen PD and the Washington State Patrol during the pursuit.