By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A theft suspect who allegedly eluded capture Monday night between Morton and Mossyrock while driving a stolen vehicle was charged Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court.
Jimmy J. C. Weiler, 37, of Tenino, was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, second-degree identity theft and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Weiler has five previous felony convictions, including first-degree theft, attempting to elude a police vehicle, malicious mischief and trafficking in stolen property.
Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead of the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked for $50,000 bail based on his criminal history.
“It’s been eight years since I had anything,” Weiler argued in court.
Superior Court Judge James Lawler imposed the bail amount and set Weiler’s next court hearing for Aug. 10.
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 vehicle’s owners reported a tire was slashed and a window broken on the vehicle while parked at a campground.
The victim reported that the cards were being used at businesses in Morton. Law enforcement responded to one of the locations, a gas station, and watched surveillance video showing Weiler using the victim’s credit card, according to court documents.
While officers were there, they reportedly saw the suspect pull up to the pumps. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he 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, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers reported finding items belonging to the victims of the theft and vehicle prowl. They also found a Mossberg .223 caliber rifle with ammunition, which Weiler was prohibited to have due to past felony convictions. The gun had also been reported stolen.
A K9 unit responded but was not able to locate the man, who was described as a white, balding male wearing a blue shirt, shorts and knee-high white socks.
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.