Lake Stevens Police sent on a high speed chaseMan arrested for eluding a police officer BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR
Snohomish City Police officers tried to stop a black Nissan Sentra for reckless driving last Thursday and were quickly sent on a chase when the 31-year-old driver decided he didn’t want to stop.
At approximately 9:50 a.m., the black Nissan was driving down Machias Road headed towards Highway 92 going over 80 miles per hour.
Lake Stevens Police Officers were informed he was heading their way and prepared to stop the driver.
“Our guys were in the area of Machias Road,” Lake Stevens Police Commander Dan Lorentzen said. “As they were sitting on Machias a vehicle matching the description came by.”
The driver continued driving at a high rate of speed ignoring the police officer’s signals and lights.
“Our guys got behind him and when our officers turned on their emergency lights the man continued driving,” Lorentzen said. “One of our officers came in the opposite direction, fully marked lights going, the driver then started to aim his vehicle at our patrol car.”
The officer swerved, driving his car into the ditch. He walked away with no injures.
The driver of the Nissan continued towards Highway 92 where he turned onto the Highway and towards Granite Falls. The officers continued to pursue the vehicle and driver after he tried to assault the police officer with his car. The Lake Stevens Police Department notified Granite Falls Police to make them aware that the driver was headed their way.
“We notified Granite Falls and they were on stand-by with spikes,” Lorentzen said.
The suspect’s vehicle broke down near 84th and Highway 92 where the man was taken into custody and charged with Assault in the 2nd degree and Eluding Law Enforcement.
Oil was spraying everywhere and car parts were falling out of his car, officers said.
“The suspect said that he was a convicted felon and didn’t want to go back to jail,” Lorentzen said.