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PO man arrested after escaping deputy’s car

A Port Orchard man who allegedly escaped from a Kitsap County Sheriff’s vehicle Friday afternoon after he was stopped for speeding was arrested the next day by at least four officers who chased him down Bay Street on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s incident report, the 23-year-old Port Orchard man was spotted by a deputy around 3:30 p.m. Friday allegedly driving more than 70 miles per hour on Lake Helena Road.

The deputy gave chase, and later located the suspect’s black Jaguar parked in a driveway on the 4500 block of Lake Helena Road.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he noted that the driver was inside, there was a syringe and several plastic baggies clearly visible on the backseat, and the passenger door was open and the other occupant of the car was gone.

The deputy placed the driver under arrest, handcuffed him and placed him in the back seat of his patrol car, and attempted to locate the missing passenger.

Several witnesses told the deputy they saw a white male run through their backyard and into the woods.

The deputy requested backup and returned to his vehicle, where he discovered that the suspect had escaped.

The deputy noted that although the vehicle doors were still locked, the plastic divider had been pushed open, and the suspect was gone.

A K-9 unit was requested and a search was made, but neither the suspect nor the passenger was located.

The following day, a deputy searching for the suspect at an apartment building on the 800 block of Bay Street located a male matching his description, who fled as soon as he saw the deputy.

While several bystanders pointed in the direction where the suspect ran, the deputy gave chase, along with a nearby Port Orchard Police officer and at least two county reserve deputies.

The officers apprehended the suspect on foot near Seattle Street on the 1000 block of Bay Street shortly before 4 p.m.

The suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail on the original charges of escape of custody, reckless driving and driving without a license in the first degree, and a charge of resisting arrest was added.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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