A Centralia man was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday for leading a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy on a chase that reached 100 mph while his two daughters, one of whom was 3 years old, were in the car.
Cymon Fultz-Valenta, 27, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and two counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee said Fultz-Valenta was sentenced to the high end of the standard sentencing range.
Fultz-Valenta can serve his sentence on work release, Toynbee said Wednesday.
According to court papers:
On Sept. 10, a deputy attempted to pull Fultz-Valenta’s vehicle over on U.S. Highway 12 after clocking him driving 96 mph in a 55 mph zone. Fultz-Valenta refused to pull over.
The chase continued on Grand Mound Way, reaching more than 100 mph before Fultz-Valenta’s vehicle lost control and skidded into a dry retention pond on Old Highway 99. After arresting Fultz-Valenta, the deputy noticed the young children in the vehicle.