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Escape-prone inmate arrested in Oregon following car chase

A Kitsap County Jail inmate and convicted thief who escaped local authorities twice this year was recaptured by Portland police officers early Friday morning, following a car chase.

Although authorities recaptured Terrance A. Puglisi, 35, late last week, he isn’t expected to be transported back to Kitsap County anytime soon.

“It may be a while before we see him because he’s wanted in so many other places right now,” said Kitsap County Jail Superintendent Larry Bertholf. “If and when we see him, he’ll be kept under close wraps.

“Obviously,” Bertolf said, “we know what his mentality is.”

Portland police spotted a vehicle listed as stolen shortly after midnight last Friday, said Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy and spokesman Scott Wilson. Officers tried to stop the car and a chase ensued. Eventually, officers stopped the car and the driver was identified as Puglisi.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of eluding a pursuing police vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and reckless driving.

He is being held at the Multnomah County Jail.

Official charges for the Portland-area incident were not immediately available.

Puglisi is also wanted for numerous charges spanning at least four other jurisdictions. Warrants have been issued for the possession of a stolen vehicle in Columbia County, Ore., possession of a controlled substance in Clark County, escape from custody in Kitsap County, and eluding a pursuing police vehicle in Multnomah County, Ore.

“Once you get the reputation of having ‘bunny feet,’ you tend to be watched more,” Bertholf said. “In whatever jurisdiction he’s in, they’ll have a lot of extra eyes on him.”

Puglisi escaped from the county jail May 22 by slipping through a boarded up air vent and wriggling his way into a construction area that was not secured. A new wing of the jail, currently under construction, is expected to be finished by the end of July. County officials expect the remodel of the existing facility to be finished by the end of the year.

In March, Puglisi escaped from a Bremerton police van as he was being transported to the jail. He slipped out of his restraints and leapt out of a rear window of the police van. Officers arrested him in April near the Washington-Oregon border and returned him to Kitsap County.

Bertholf guessed that he most likely wouldn’t have to see Puglisi again until the end of the year, when the jail was completely finished.

“The good news is, he’s not a violent offender,” Bertholf said. “He just doesn’t like the accommodations of the jails he’s in.”

“The whole situation needs to be adjudicated down in Oregon first,” said Wilson. “Once that happens, he will be sent back up.”

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