Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies had their hands full Saturday with two fleeing suspects, one of whom was finally arrested outside a roller skating rink in Olympia, while the other is still at large.
The 30-year-old man arrested outside Skateland on South Bay Road was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of eluding a police vehicle, possessing a stolen vehicle, second-degree assault and intent to deliver heroin. All are felonies. The man also was thought to have been involved with a pursuit in Lacey Friday night.
The other fleeing suspect, a 37-year-old man wanted for residential burglary, couldn’t be found after he was dropped off at a grocery store, according to Sgt. Dave Odegaard.
Here’s how Saturday evening unfolded:
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About 5:15 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the 30-year-old man on his red motorcycle in the Boston Harbor area, but the motorcyclist took off and led deputies on a 14-minute chase through the northeast part of the county. Odegaard said the man reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour during the pursuit.
Sheriff’s deputies finally stopped pursuing him for safety concerns, but were later alerted to a red motorcycle parked at Skateland. Four deputies converged on the man. He tried to escape but crashed into one of the vehicles. There also was a brief struggle with deputies and he was bit by a police dog.
Hours later, eight deputy vehicles, plus Olympia police, Tumwater police and The Evegreen State College police, pursued the 37-year-old man wanted for residential burglary.
Just before 10 p.m., he was spotted on Overhulse Road driving at freeway speeds, Odegaard said. He later made a u-turn and drove against oncoming traffic before finally crashing into a tree and fleeing on foot in the 200 block of Overhulse Road Northwest. A K9 track was unsuccessful.
About 10:50 p.m., though, a woman showed up at the scene of the incident, and explained to deputies that a man had come to her house, looking for a ride to the Black Lake Grocery store. She gave him a ride, apparently unaware that he was fleeing law enforcement, Odegaard said.
The 37-year-old man is still at large.