An Olympia man was arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen truck through Lacey and Olympia, heading the wrong way on Fourth Avenue and running stop signs.
A Lacey police officer spotted a Chevrolet Silverado at Martin Way and Galaxy Way about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin.
Also according to Elwin:
A Thurston County resident had reported the truck stolen. Deputies caught up with it near Martin Way East and Neil Street Northeast. When they tried to pull it over, the driver sped away.
The driver went west down Martin Way, reaching speeds of 80 mph. The truck lost a wheel at Carpenter Road and Martin Way but continued on Martin, entering Olympia. The driver then began heading the wrong way down Fourth Avenue.
The driver turned around and drove onto Fairview Street Southeast, cut through some alleys and headed onto Fifth Avenue. He ran through some stop signs on Eastside Street before eventually reaching 22nd Avenue Southeast toward Boulevard Road Southeast.
The pursuing deputy tried to use a maneuver to stop the truck, but the driver was “too erratic,” spun out and kept driving.
The deputy tried again just south of the Log Cabin Road and Boulevard Road roundabout, stopping the truck about 8:38 p.m.
The driver was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding.
‘There is potentially evidence of additional criminal activity we are following up on that may be related to burglary or thefts,” Elwin said. “But there is nothing concrete yet.”