East County car chase ends with K-9 Max tracking down suspect

A man was arrested after a car chase in East County ended with K-9 Max tracking down the suspect.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that on Wednesday morning just after 10:00am, Deputy Tracy Gay saw a black Honda Civic parked just off of Porter Creek Road near the Porter Creek fire station with man standing outside the car who, after seeing the deputy, quickly got into the Honda and headed toward SR 12.

They say the Honda was accelerating at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for the stop sign at SR 12, and turned west toward Elma.

Deputy Gay attempted to stop the car but the man accelerated to about 80 MPH and did not pull over.

Elma Police Officers set up spike strips at two separate locations just south of the city limits.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect was able to get around both of them.

According to the Sheriff’s Office they then learned that the Honda was possibly stolen out of Thurston County.

Deputy Gay along with the Elma Officer Kevin Tuggle continued to chase the car which had turned east on Elma McCleary Road and continued at a high rate of speed toward McCleary.

Once they reached McCleary the car entered the Rainbow Park Apartment Complex and got high centered on a curb.

The man then fled into a nearby wooded area but Deputy Gay is the K-9 officer and K-9 Max quickly found the man in the brush.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect fought with Max and the officers but they were eventually able to take him into custody.

They say the 29 year old Longview man was believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs and he also had a felony warrant for his arrest.

He was taken to Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma for treatment of minor injuries and then transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail on charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Assault 2nd degree (for attempting to hit an Officer), Harming a Police Dog, Resisting Arrest,  Driving with a Suspended License, and Driving Under the Influence.

There was a woman who was a passenger in the Honda that also had felony warrants.

She was arrested and booked into county jail.

K9 Max, Deputy Gay, and Officer Tuggle did not sustain any injuries during the incident.



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