Andrew T. Bradley

Chehalis Man Charged After Crashing Into Deputy’s Vehicle During Chase

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Chehalis man with no criminal history is being held on $25,000 bail after allegedly attempting to elude a police officer, then purposefully crashing into his patrol car.

Andrew T. Bradley, 37, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and first-degree malicious mischief, Class C and B felonies, respectively.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked for $10,000 bail, saying he didn’t oppose making it an unsecured bail in the future, knowing that Bradley’s family meant to retain private legal representation.

Meagher said private attorneys, rather than public defenders, tend to keep a closer eye on clients and ensure they get to court. He also noted that Bradley has no previous criminal history.

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke said she thought that attitude was prejudicial toward accused offenders who cannot afford private attorneys.

“I think this is a huge risk to community safety,” O’Rourke said. “Clearly he’s a flight risk.”

The judge imposed $25,000 bail and set Bradley’s next court hearing for July 20.

According to court documents, a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol on Jackson Highway saw a truck that appeared to be going over the speed limit. Using radar, he clocked it at 58 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone.

The deputy turned to follow the truck, which accelerated to 80 mph. The deputy activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the truck over, but it continued to drive away.

The truck reportedly went through stop signs and drove into the oncoming lane. Its speed reached 110 miles per hour at one point, according to court documents.

At one point, the truck turned on a logging road, where the deputy briefly lost sight of it. The deputy found the truck attempting to reverse down the logging road toward North Fork Road.

The deputy used his vehicle’s push bars to shove the truck in a ditch, but the truck reportedly turned and struck the patrol car, causing approximately $1,500 in damage.

He was originally arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault for allegedly ramming the police car, but that charge was amended to first-degree malicious mischief for the damage to the vehicle.

The truck eventually stopped, and Bradley was arrested.