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Fleeing suspect nabbed under house

A South Kitsap man who initially evaded capture by jumping over fences and across a pasture full of livestock was captured earlier this month when he was discovered in the crawl space of a home in Olalla, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Scott David Jeffery Williams, 33, remained in Kitsap County Jail this week after being arrested Oct. 9 at a residence on the 11000 block of SE Black Road, where spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said deputies had determined he was hiding out.

Deputies first attempted to arrest Williams Sept. 27 on an outstanding warrant for suspected vehicle theft at the intersection of Pinetree and Madrona drives, but he reportedly ignored the officer’s attempt to pull him over and sped off, leading the original deputy and others on an eight-mile chase and blasting through numerous stop signs along the way, Wilson said.

The first pursuit ended on Transue Lane, which terminates at a dead-end, where Williams abandoned his vehicle and took off on foot, jumping over fences and into a livestock pasture.

Deputies followed him on foot, but Wilson said they stopped “when (the) livestock became frightened and began running around wildly.”

Two weeks after the pursuit, Wilson said deputies learned that the suspect was reportedly hiding out at a residence in the 11000 block of Black Road in Olalla and prepared to arrest him there.

After gaining permission to enter the house, deputies reportedly located a “trap door” that had been cut into the flooring of a bedroom and led to the crawl space underneath the structure.

Wilson said deputies saw a leg and made several attempts to speak with Williams but he refused, and eventually the deputies deployed pepper spray into the crawl space.

Approximately 25 minutes later, Williams responded and was removed from the house without further incident.

He was then booked into Kitsap County Jail for the outstanding felony warrant and new charges of second-degree assault and eluding a pursuing police officer.

His bail was initially set at $115,000, then later lowered to $90,000. His next court date is Oct. 31.

Williams’ passenger during the pursuit was arrested that day after a short foot search when he tried to escape into the woods, Wilson said.

The 42-year-old man was booked into Kitsap County Jail for an outstanding felony warrant for contempt of court for non-payment of family support, and an additional charge of resisting arrest.

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