Crime

Cops chase mobile crime factory and find too many possible crimes to count

Washington State Patrol

The beginning of the end for a pair of alleged and busy crooks began with a traffic stop for speeding and ended with enough crimes to keep Mason County crime fighters busy for months.

The pair didn’t give up easily.

A Washington State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a 2002 Lexus on northbound U.S. 101 near Cloquallam Road, south of Shelton, on Wednesday morning. The car was speeding, but it turned out be stolen as well.

The Lexus sped off, soon reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. The driver passed vehicles on the road’s shoulder.

Troopers unsuccessfully tried to spike the vehicle’s tires. Eventually, the Lexus exited northbound 101 at Wallace Kneeland Blvd., running a traffic signal and heading south on 101. It was soon driving at over 100 miles per hour.

The car exited to westbound state Route 108 at Kamilche and caused a non-injury collision involving three other vehicles, the State Patrol said.

At that point, troopers discontinued the pursuit.

The car later was found by a state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer near West Elk Ridge and West Hurley Waldrip Roads. A 32-year-old man was detained.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office human and canine officers soon found a 28-year-old woman in nearby woods. She was taken to Mason County Jail after receiving treatment for dog bites.

The State Patrol said Monday the suspects are under arrest or investigation for:

▪ Multiple felony charges involving the car and chase.

▪ Drug crimes.

▪ Identity theft.

▪ Financial card theft.

After obtaining a search warrant for the car troopers found:

▪ One ounce of methamphetamine, five grams of heroin, six Suboxone strips.

▪ $656 cash.

▪ More than 70 fraudulent debit and credit cards.

▪ Stolen checks.

▪ False ID cards.

▪ Multiple smart phones.

▪ Financial card altering equipment.

Troopers and detectives are determining the identities of possible victims as well as additional felony charges.

The woman has $28,000 in prior outstanding misdemeanor warrants, the State Patrol said.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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