By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Packwood man accused of attempting to elude law enforcement officers this weekend was already wanted in connection to another eluding case, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Bradley W. Hamrick, 31, of Packwood, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
In light of the alleged repeat offenses, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead asked for $50,000 bail, which was granted by Superior Court Judge James Lawler.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were patrolling at about 4 a.m. Sunday on state Route 505 near Knowles Road in Winlock. A deputy spotted Hamrick in his vehicle, and knew he was wanted on outstanding warrants — one from Lewis County Superior Court for an eluding case from earlier this year, and another from the state Department of Corrections.
The deputy turned around to pursue Hamrick’s vehicle and turned on the patrol vehicle’s lights and siren. Hamrick allegedly refused to stop and led the deputy onto southbound Interstate 5 and speeds reaching 120 miles per hour.
“Mr. Hamrick was in and out of all of the lanes,” Halstead said in court Monday.
Law enforcement pursued Hamrick into Cowlitz County, where Hamrick exited the freeway at Castle Rock. Officers deployed a spike strip and stopped Hamrick’s vehicle in the 1500 block of Westside Highway.
The stop was just over two months after Hamrick’s last alleged attempt at eluding police. According to court documents, on March 14, a Morton police officer responding to a report of drug activity in the city.
The officer pulled up to the address in question and two men jumped into a black Honda passenger car and drove away.
The officer was able to identify the driver as Hamrick. According to court documents, he rapidly sped away from the officer when he attempted to stop the vehicle.
The officer followed Hamrick west on U.S. Highway 12, and eventually stopped the pursuit because of the possible danger to other drivers.
Hamrick was eventually arrested in Cowlitz County.
Halstead told the court Monday that Hamrick has previous convictions for second-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.