Police arrest Issaquah man after high-speed chase

December 18, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Issaquah man on Tiger Mountain just after noon Dec. 13, after the suspect led police on a high-speed chase and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter detected the man in a thick forest.

The incident started just before noon in the 19500 block of Maxwell Road Southeast, in unincorporated King County northeast of Maple Valley. Investigators said a deputy patrolling the neighborhood spotted a man attempting to break into a house.

The suspect noticed the officer, ran to a car and fled. The deputy stopped the vehicle moments later near Southeast 208th Street and Maxwell Road Southeast, about a half-mile northeast from the interchange of Southeast Renton-Maple Valley Road and state Route 18.

Once the deputy exited the patrol cruiser and approached the suspect’s vehicle, the man attempted to run over the deputy and then sped off.

The deputy pursued the suspect onto eastbound state Route 18 toward the Interstate 90 interchange, and then used the PIT — pursuit intervention technique — maneuver to stop the suspect’s vehicle near Milepost 27 southeast of Issaquah. In the PIT maneuver, the officer uses his or her vehicle to make contact with the suspect’s vehicle and cause it to lose control and stop.

The suspect fled from the vehicle and into the Tiger Mountain brush.

The sheriff’s office helicopter, Guardian One, arrived overhead and searched as deputies combed the ground on foot. The helicopter pilot used a thermal imaging device to locate a hotspot in the forest a few feet from the roadway and directed deputies to the area.

Police located the man hiding in heavy brush nearby, arrested him and later booked him into custody at the King County Jail.

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