Aberdeen man arrested after vehicle chase

An Aberdeen man was arrested a day after a high-speed pursuit was terminated over safety concerns, authorities said.

Elma Police Department Chief Susan Shultz said the pursuit began about 3:36 p.m. on July 14 after an Elma Police officer attempted to stop a silver Dodge Ram. The truck had a license plate on it that returned to a Kia Spectra.

The unidentified motorist did not stop and took off traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 12 from Schouweiler Road, accelerating to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Officers pursued the truck, but terminated the pursuit when the truck began making dangerous maneuvers involving pedestrians.

A law enforcement official observed the fleeing truck in Montesano and was able to see a male driver. He was also able to identify his clothing.

An Elma police officer obtained information of a possible suspect and conducted a follow-up investigation. On the morning of July 15, a Washington State Trooper observed the suspect vehicle parked at a home. The truck was confirmed as stolen out of the Port of Seattle. The officer contacted the suspect, who denied involvement in the incident.

A 45-year-old Aberdeen man was taken into custody and booked into the Grays Harbor Jail with no bail. He is charged with felony elude and possession of a stolen vehicle.