South Cove man runs but can’t hide from police

March 5, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:15 a.m. March 5, 2009

A South Cove man caught driving with a suspended license eluded Issaquah police early yesterday morning. Officers arrested the 43-year-old man at his home about two hours after he fled from patrol cars.

Officers were conducting a routine traffic stop in the 18200 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 6:45 a.m. When officers told the driver he was under arrest for driving with a suspended license, he refused and shifted the truck into drive. Officers reached inside the Chevrolet pickup to stop him. He closed the window and fled.

The driver crossed eastbound Interstate 90 and the median, and then turned onto westbound I-90. Officers alerted the Washington State Patrol and the Bellevue Police Department.

Issaquah police decided not to pursue the suspect “because he was driving too recklessly,” Sgt. Scott Trial said.

Officers drove to the suspect’s South Cove home using information from his driver’s license and tag number. They discovered his pickup parked one block from the house.

The suspect hunkered down inside the house and refused to cooperate with police for two hours, Trial said. Officers set up a perimeter around the house. Eventually, a male relative who shared the home arrived and permitted officers to search inside. They discovered the suspect in a crawlspace above the carport.

The man, whose name is not being released pending a court appearance, was charged with driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to comply with an officer and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Issaquah City Jail.

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