Mason County Pursuit

Drugs, Fake IDs, Stolen Checks and More: Chase Leads to Felony Arrests

By The Chronicle

A traffic stop turned high-speed pursuit involving a stolen vehicle in Mason County Wednesday resulted in the arrests of two suspects on charges including felony drug crimes, identity theft, stolen checks and more, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The pursuit started at 10:38 a.m. Sept. 20 on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Cloquallum Road when a trooper attempted to pull over what turned out to be a stolen 2002 Lexus sedan. 

The pursuit lasted about eight minutes with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds of more than 120 miles per hour and passing other vehicles on the shoulder. 

Troopers unsuccessfully attempted to use spike strips to stop the vehicle at the intersection of state Route 3 and U.S. 101 near Shelton. 

The Lexus left the highway at Wallace Kneeland Boulevard, running a traffic signal before speeding south on Highway 101 at speeds above 100 miles per hour. The vehicle continued traveling south and exited the highway at state Route 108, before crashing after trying to pass several vehicles. 

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer found the suspect vehicle near west Elk Ridge Road and west Hurley Waldrip Road. A male suspect was detained at the scene. 

Mason County Sheriff’s Office K9 Solo located another female suspect in a wooded area nearby. Mason County deputies transported the woman to the Mason County Jail after she was treated for a dog bite. 

The 28-year-old female suspect, whose name was not released by the State Patrol, was wanted on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. 

Troopers executed a search warrant on the stolen Lexus and found an ounce of methamphetamine, five grams of heroin, six Suboxone strips, $656 in cash, more than 70 fraudulent debit and credit cards, stolen checks, fake identification cards, smartphones, bank card altering equipment and evidence of identity theft, bank card fraud and drug crimes. 

Detectives are working to determine identities of possible victims and possible additional felony charges.