Stolen Issaquah mail recovered after high-speed police chase

December 17, 2009

By J.B. Wogan

NEW — 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17, 2009

The day after a high-speed police chase led to the recovery of a carload of missing mail, Sammamish Police Sgt. Robert Baxter had already fielded about 50 phone calls from people hoping theirs had been found.

Most got bad news.

“If we haven’t contacted you, we don’t have your mail,” Baxter said.

Sammamish police officers were part of a high-speed chase Tuesday that began in Sammamish, wove through Issaquah and ended off the Interstate 90 High Point exit in Preston.

The arrest of two Snoqualmie Valley-area women and the ensuing investigation turned up a “large amount” of what police said is stolen mail from Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Redmond in the car.

Baxter explained that police are taking the initiative in communicating with residents whose mail was discovered in the car.

“We’re hoping that they can tell us if there might be other things that they might be missing,” he added.

Police said they also found evidence linking the suspects to vehicle prowls in Bellevue and auto thefts in North Bend and Sammamish.

The chase began around 5 a.m. Tuesday when a patrolling officer noticed a gray Chrysler New Yorker driving near the intersection of Issaquah-Beaver Lake Road Southeast and Duthie Hill Road. The officer ran a database check on the license plate. A King County dispatcher said the license plate expired last year, yet the plate said 2010.

The officer thought the discrepancy might mean stolen license plate tabs, so he officer followed the car to Issaquah. Near the Front Street interstate exit, he turned on his patrol cruiser’s emergency lights to stop the car.

The driver then turned onto eastbound I-90, exited the interstate at High Point and crashed the car into an embankment.

The officer managed to apprehend the driver on his own, but when the passenger took off on foot, state troopers and county sheriff’s deputy came in to help.

A police dog found the woman, but police said she resisted arrest. The dog then bit her.

Afterward, police booked the passenger into Issaquah City Jail for resisting arrest and outstanding warrants. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center to treat the dog bite.

The driver was arrested for attempting to elude a police vehicle and outstanding felony warrants. She was booked into King County Jail.

Reporter J.B. Wogan can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com.

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