Hoquiam police led on high-speed chase from drug house

Hoquiam Police Department officers watching “a suspected drug location” ended up in a high-speed chase after trying to intercept a car belonging to a known drug dealer.

Officers were watching a location in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue Wednesday when they saw the vehicle. Two men and a woman got in and drove away.

When they tried to intercept the vehicle, the driver saw them and “immediately fled at a high rate of speed,” Deputy Chief Don Wertanen said. The vehicle sped through the west end of Hoquiam, heading for Highway 109.

The driver and passengers abandoned the vehicle in a driveway on Harborview Court in the Grays Harbor City hills. Officers chased they ran into a heavily wooded area, Wertanen said. Containment was set up and the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team was called in.

One of the suspects, a 26-year-old Aberdeen man, immediately surrendered, saying “he had a warrant and it wasn’t worth getting bit for,” Wertanen said. He was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant and booked into the Hoquiam Jail.

“The second suspect, a 33-year-old Aberdeen man, was shortly located by the canine team but refused to surrender and was contacted by the canine,” Wertanen said. “The man was taken into custody and was treated and released at the hospital for a dog bite to his upper left arm.” He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on suspicion of felony eluding.

The woman was found in a residence where the vehicle had been abandoned. No charges have been filed against her.


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