An accident by a Montesano Police Officer on Tuesday happened during a multi-agency arrest.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office learned on Tuesday that a stolen motorcycle from Federal Way would be traveling through the area. Deputy Tracy Gay was the first to find the motorcycle as it traveled down Central Park Drive just before 11 pm, and began a high speed pursuit over 100 mph. The motorcycle let officers from the GHSO, Washington State Patrol, as well as Aberdeen and Montesano Police through Central Park and into Montesano city limits. At one point, the rider turned onto Highway 12, riding west in the eastbound lanes.
As the motorcycle traveled along Devonshire Rd, Montesano Officer Elliott Nelson attempted to follow the suspect onto Pioneer when his 2006 Ford Explorer, owned by MPD, began to skid, sliding across both lanes and into the ditch.
The motorcycle turned onto the West Wynooche before striking a barrier set by the Department of Ecology. The suspect fled on foot, and Officer Gay and his K9 Max pursued. Max subdued the suspect as officers arrived, sending the 28 year old Montesano man to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for his injuries before being booked into Grays Harbor County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle 1st Degree and Felony Eluding.
Undersheriff Dave Pimentel told KXRO that the arrest and recovery of the stolen vehicle could not have been accomplished without the assistance of all agencies, and this situation accentuates the cooperation of local police.