While chasing one man, Hoquiam Police Department officers ended up arresting another man, along with a woman, who were passed out in a car, allegedly with meth and a stolen gun.
At about 2 a.m. Tuesday, officers were pursuing a 28-year-old Hoquiam man with an outstanding felony probation warrant Chief Jeff Myers said.
They spotted a suspicious vehicle nearby and approached, concerned the suspect might be inside, Myers said.
“Instead, officers found a male and female lying back in the seats; both appeared to be ‘passed-out’ under the influence of narcotics,” he said.
The officers recognized the 29-year-old Aberdeen man, who was also wanted on a warrant.
“When the officers knocked on the window, the occupants came awake and were shocked to see the police,” Myers said.
The woman identified herself as a 29-year-old Central Park resident. The man denied being the person with the warrant and provided officers a false name.
Officers detained him because he repeatedly reached for a black bag on a nearby seat, and Myers said the officers were concerned he was reaching for a weapon.
After reviewing booking photos and tattoo information, the officers confirmed the man’s identity and placed him under arrest for the warrant and providing false information.
They also discovered the bag did contain a 9 mm pistol.
“When the suspect realized officers found the gun, he broke free from getting into the patrol car and ran a very short distance before being tackled and subdued,” Myers said.
After serving a search warrant the following day, officers recovered the pistol, which is a possible match for one of five firearms stolen from a burglary in Aberdeen earlier this month, Myers said. A purse in the car contained suspected methamphetamine, cell phones and drug paraphernalia.
The man is in custody at the Hoquiam City Jail. Charges for both will be submitted to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office, including possession of stolen property, a felon in possession of a firearm and drug offenses.