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Drug arrest turns into wild ride for Kitsap deputy
A 20-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested on Jan. 17 after allegedly dragging a deputy behind his car following a high-speed chase.
The deputy first noticed the car, a white Chrysler Sebring, at the end of Birt Drive SW, which “has been known to be a place, in the past, for trash dumping and stolen vehicles,” according to the police report.
The deputy, on patrol, noticed the car had no front license plate so he followed behind as he ran a make on the vehicle.
Almost immediately after the deputy finished, the car “took off at a high rate of speed,” according to the incident report.
The deputy sped after it.
The Chrysler skidded around the corner at Birt Drive SW and Sunnyslope Road SW and continued going south down the middle of Sunnyslope Road.
The deputy followed the car at speeds up to 75 mph.
But the gap between the cars continued to widen until the deputy lost the vehicle.
Information about the car’s registered owner then came back to the deputy. The car’s owner had recent contacts for theft and narcotics possession.
But the car was gone.
So, the deputy turned off his emergency lights, returned to normal speed and pulled into the Sunnyslope Community Center for a brief stop.
As he sat and waited, he saw the car again, at about 10 a.m.
It was going south on Victory Drive SW this time.
And this time, the deputy successfully pulled the car over. He then walked up to the driver’s side door, opened it and told the driver he was under arrest.
He grabbed the driver’s left hand and wrist, which were on the steering wheel, and told him to use his right hand to undo his seatbelt.
At first, the driver obeyed.
But then, he tensed up, pulled his hands away and quickly accelerated.
The deputy’s arm was still trapped behind the seatbelt and the driver’s arm and body.
Fearing he would be pulled under the car, the deputy jumped onto the door jam.
His hand, which was still on the steering wheel as the driver accelerated, pulled the car to the left.
The Chrysler crossed into oncoming traffic, onto the opposite shoulder, through a fence and crashed into a tree.
The crash threw the deputy from the car onto the ground. He pulled his gun out of its holster and ordered the driver onto the ground.
The driver asked, “Why am I under arrest?”
The deputy handcuffed him, checked him for weapons and another deputy arrived.
The second deputy to arrive searched the vehicle and found “a glass smoking narcotic pipe that contained a crystalline substance in it, a syringe full of a muddy brown liquid, and a cigarette box that contained numerous tiny ziplock baggies and two rubber arm bands.”
The car driver allegedly told deputies he used the pipe to smoke methamphetamine and that the syringe contained a combination of liquid methamphetamine and heroin.
The baggies, he said, were used for jewelry.
The suspect booked into jail, with bail initially set at $150,000.