By The Chronicle
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office arrested a theft suspect who allegedly eluded capture Monday night between Morton and Mossyrock while driving a stolen vehicle.
Jimmy J. C. Weiler, 37, of Tenino, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court this afternoon on a charge of attempting to elude a police officer.
According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a report at 2:31 p.m. on Monday of a vehicle prowl in which credit cards were reported stolen in the 100 block of Forest Road 25 in Randle.
The victim reported that the cards were being used at a gas station in Morton. Law enforcement responded to the gas station and saw the suspect pull up to the pumps. When officers attempted to contact him, he reportedly sped away.
Officers pursued the vehicle west on U.S. Highway 12 at the intersection with Village Road. The car continued on the highway and crossed the Mayfield Lake bridge, where the suspect reportedly left the car and ran away on foot.
The vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of Pierce County.
A K9 unit responded but was not able to locate him.
On Tuesday, deputies located Weiler and arrested him in the 100 block of Baker Road in Mossyrock.
“This was after several phone calls from individuals in the area reporting they had seen him,” Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said in a news release.