Man flees from Carnation police, crashes stolen car, gets stuck in a bog

A 23-year-old transient man, trying to evade police in the Tolt Hill area recently, was rescued by those same authorities, but not before he crashed a stolen car, locked down a neighborhood, and got himself trapped in a bog.

According to police reports, the man had reportedly been involved in drug activity at a Carnation home around 2:19 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Duvall-Carnation Police Officer Lori Batiot said a neighbor had called about drug activity that was in progress, but the suspect had left before Batiot arrived.

The caller remembered part of the vehicle's license plate number, which Batiot used to locate the vehicle in the city. She checked the full plate number, saw that the vehicle was stolen, and signaled for it to stop, she said.

Instead, the driver tried to evade her, speeding up and turning onto Tolt Hill Road.

"His driving didn't appear to be very safe, so I just let him go," Batiot said, "and he crashed shortly thereafter."

Backup from Duvall was already en route, and Batiot called for assistance from the King County Sheriff's Office after she found the crashed car, empty, in the 28500 block of Tolt Hill Road.

"The vehicle had kind of spun out into a ditch," she explained. "I checked it out, and he had fled."

Sheriff's Deputies and a Redmond Police canine team soon arrived and began searching the heavily forested Tolt Hill area. They also asked dispatchers to phone the community residents, warning them to stay inside during the search. Officers with guns drawn searched the garages and outbuildings of several homes.

Batiot explained the suspect, known to Carnation Police, wasn't considered dangerous, but "that is a dangerous situation, because you don't know," she said. "As a general guideline you would do that on any similar case."

The search continued for much of the afternoon. After several hours, residents were notified by phone that they could go outside again, but the search hadn't been entirely called off.

"The information was out there, and a couple of different agencies were out looking for him," she said.

They found him, around 9 p.m., stuck in a bog and calling for help. Sheriff's deputies pulled the man out and handed over custody to the Carnation Police, believing him to be the subject of the search.

"He was probably in the area for quite some time, trying to evade arrest," Batiot said.

The suspect will be charged not only with possession of a stolen vehicle, but also with possession of stolen items. Inside the vehicle, police found several items linked to robberies in the Seattle area.


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