Driver escapes when pulled over for traffic stop

Law enforcement authorities are looking for a man who escaped Thursday night when a Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputy tried to arrest him following a traffic stop on the Wishkah Road north of Aberdeen.

A patrol deputy stopped a red 1990 Dodge Colt for a traffic violation near mile post 10 on the Wishkah Road just before 8 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office. The driver, described as Hispanic, 5-foot six inches tall, about 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, gave the officer a name that didn’t correspond with any in the department’s computer base. When the deputy returned do the driver, the man allegedly resisted arrest and struggled with the deputy.

The driver was able to get back into his car and drove a short distance before abandoning the car and fleeing into the woods. The deputy’s uniform was damaged during the struggle but he was not injured.

More officers arrived, but they were not able to find the driver and no canine units were available to help search. The deputies were able to determine the identity of the fleeing driver and have since requested a warrant for his arrest. The suspect lives in the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area. The residents living in the area where the incident occurred were contacted and given a description of the driver.