A Good Samaritan helped stop a low speed chase on the East Hoquiam Rd.
Officers were called to Rayonier Avenue for a malicious mischief complaint and found a car keyed with a woman’s name cut into the paint.
A 46 year old woman with a history of mental illness lives on the property with her father, who in April she attacked with a knife.
As Officer Pearson was at the home, the woman drove up in her pickup. When Officer Pearson attempted to talk to the woman, she refused to roll down the window, waved and backed out of the driveway.
She led Officer Pearson and Sergeant Salstrom on a low-speed chase up the East Hoquiam Road until a Good Samaritan who lives around 7 miles out the road got a call from a friend who was listening to a scanner. The man used his truck and car trailer to completely block both lanes, forcing the woman to stop.
Officers boxed in the pickup and again tried to talk to the woman. She refused to cooperate and started to back up, forcing the officers to jump out of the way.
Sergeant Salstrom used his knife to deflate three of the truck’s tires and Officer Pearson broke out the driver’s side window.
The woman was taken into custody and transported to Community Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Officer Pearson suffered minor lacerations to his hand from broken glass; he was treated and released at Community Hospital.
Police Chief Jeff Myers told KXRO, “This is yet another regular example of the failure of our mental health system in this state. This woman is certainly a danger to herself and others, yet she does not face criminal charges because of her mental state but at the same time is not detained in a mental health facility. There is just no capacity in our mental health system and the result places everyone at risk.”
The woman will be submitted to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for felony charges.