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After skipping sentencing, Elma man leads cops on another chase


An Elma man will spend nearly three years in prison for skipping his sentencing for running from police, then leading police on another high-speed chase.

Kevin D. Smith, 35, was sentenced June 6 in Grays Harbor County Superior Court to two years, nine months in prison for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and bail jumping.

Smith was supposed to be sentenced for a different case May 2, but failed to appear.

The next night, a Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Smith driving near Elma on Porter Creek Road, drifting over the fog line.

When the deputy activated his lights and sirens, Smith took off onto the rural roads, driving at about 50 to 60 mph on 45 mph roads. He slammed on his brakes twice to try to cause a collision, court documents state. Two Chehalis Tribal Police officers joined the chase. Eventually, Smith abruptly stopped and he and his passengers surrendered.

“He knows his actions in this case were stupid,” attorney David Mistachkin wrote. “These actions were certainly fueled by drug use.”

Smith was sentenced to two years, nine months for the bail jumping and one year, six months for attempting to elude, to be served at the same time.

Smith was also sentenced to 18 months for his previous case of attempting to elude and taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission, also to be served at the same time.

In that case, according to court documents, Smith took his nephew’s car, which was purchased for scrap and not legal to drive. A deputy spotted the car without license plates near South Bank Road and attempted to pull Smith over, but he allegedly sped away.

The pursuit got up to about 100 mph on South Bank Road near Oakville, where the speed limit is 45 mph, court documents state. Smith allegedly drove in excess of 70 mph on Porter Creek Road, a 25 mph area, then headed into the Capitol Forest. The car collided with boulders blocking a trail head to prevent vehicle traffic, and the occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled into the woods.

 

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