Man Pleads Guilty After Fleeing From Police in Stolen Car, Damaging Patrol Vehicle

By The Chronicle

A Kelso man arrested last month after a police chase that ended with the stolen vehicle he was driving catching fire on the shoulder of Interstate 5 pleaded guilty to four criminal charges in Lewis County Superior Court Monday.

Robert A. Wynn, 24, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a police vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree malicious mischief and second-degree driving with a suspended license.

His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Passenger Ryan L. Hicks, 26, of Longview, was also charged last month with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Wynn has criminal history, including violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, hit and run and reckless driving. Hicks’ criminal history includes a misdemeanor escape charge and reckless endangerment.

According to the sheriff’s office, at 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 3, a deputy patrolling on Market Street in downtown Chehalis saw a 1994 Honda Civic with expired license tabs. The deputy checked the plate number and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Kalama.

When the vehicle reached Interstate 5, it ran off the road and into a grassy area where Hicks, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, reportedly bailed out of the car and fled on foot.

He was located at a cement business hiding in the wheel well of a camper.

After Hicks bailed out, the Honda, driven by Wynn, continued to drive on the grass before ramming a deputy’s patrol vehicle, causing “extensive damage,” according to court documents.