A Montesano man has been charged after leading police on a high-speed chase through Central Park and Montesano while riding a stolen motorcycle. A Montesano Police Department vehicle was damaged in the chase but no officers were hurt.
Brandon L. Boullion, 28, pleaded not guilty Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
Boullion is accused of running from police May 27 after the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office received information that a stolen motorcycle was about to be sold in the Montesano area. Deputy Tracy Gay spotted the motorcycle and pursued Boullion down Central Park Drive, where Boullion allegedly slipped through a Montesano Police Department road block at Devonshire Road.
According to court documents, the chase reached speeds of 70 to 100 mph.
An officer who tried to pursue the motorcycle ended up skidding into a ditch while turning onto Pioneer Avenue.
Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance said the vehicle sustained about $2,000 in damage. The officer was unhurt and is back on duty.
“Anytime we have even a minor fender bender, we take our officers down and get checked out,” he said. “Especially because of the concussion thing going on in today’s world, we want to make sure they’re OK to walk and talk and all that.
“Everything is good, he is back to work. He was on days off for four days and he came back on his regular schedule.”
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash.
“We don’t get paid to crash cars, we’re not NASCAR people,” Vance said. “We want to make sure if there’s something we did, we want to make sure we correct it. I don’t want to say it’s the price of doing business but it does happen. Sometimes we drive at high speeds to get the bad guy.”
Boullion allegedly led police the wrong direction down the eastbound lanes of State Route 12, then turned onto West Wynooche Road before ditching the motorcycle and running away.
Deputy Tracy Gay and K-9 Max apprehended him nearby. Boullion was injured in the chase and the apprehension, and taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment, then arrested.
The motorcycle was damaged in the chase but returned to its owner in Federal Way.
Boullion is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $50,000 bail.